I don’t know what to do. For the past several days, we’ve had a dog wonder into our yard. The first night, his owner came to get him, and she told me that he had broken a window in the house to escape. The second time I talked to her, she said she had covered the window with a card board, and he broke that out. I could have told her that if a window wouldn’t hold him, a piece of cardboard sure wouldn’t, but I didn’t. After all, she IS trying.
Well, he’s been at our house every day for 5 days in a row. We call her, leave a message that her dog is back, and she comes and gets him. If this were all to the story, I’d have no problem. He’s a sweet, friendly, beautiful dog, and he does have a home. The problem is that I have cats, who are afraid of him. Some of them are ferals that we’ve had spayed/neutered, and nursed to health. I love these cats, and concider them as much mine, as my indoor only cats are. Some of them have even learned to trust Dh and me, and have become indoor/outdoor cats.
The problem is that when this dog is in our yard, my cats won’t stay in the yard, and they won’t come around for thier food until the dog is picked up and taken home. Sometimes that’s after dark. I don’t like to leave food down after dark, because I’m afraid it will attract rats, possoms, and other such animals. My indoor only cats won’t go out on the screened porch as long as the dog’s in the yard, and my indoor/outdoor cats won’t come inside, because he likes to sit on my porch mat.
I hate to complain to her, because she has tried to keep him contained. I refuse to call animal control, because we have such a horrible one here. I think this guy likes to kill things. I’ve tried yelling at the dog, but it upsets me. I know he’s just lonely, and he looks so sad when I do.
Anyway, I guess I just needed to vent. I don’t want anything to happen to the dog, but What if I lose my cats. What if they run off, and decide not to come back?