Can’t believe I didn’t blog for a month! Not that I don’t want to. My laptop nowadays a bit gilar-gilar (crazy) and I’ve been looking for a replacement. I don’t know to go for Dell (so underspec & wifi on/off problem for the model that suit my budget) or Acer (people complain chassis no good? izzit? good spec though). Any recommendation?
Okay, let’s come back to the real reason I write this post.
There’s this house in my neighborhood with several dogs. When I used to bring Chester for walks, we almost never went pass the house because it was d@mn scary. They don’t only bark, they slam at the fence (ya know how gangster slam at walls? that kinda feeling) and sometimes they can magically break free from the compound and come chase us. One of my last memories of taking Chester for walk were being chased by them. But because I decided to be brave that one fine day, I decided to chase them back. I ran towards them with Chester in tow and shouting in high-pitched voice. And just like that they fled. I knew it was dangerous but I gotta do it.
Fast-forward to couple of months back this year, I saw four dogs behind our house looking for food. I wonder where they came from? There are always some cats but very seldom dog, what more this many dogs. And just like that, I started feeding them whenever I have leftovers.
Eventually I found out from my neighbors that the dogs are from that house. The owner had moved somewhere leaving their dogs there. I wonder why? The dogs have been with them for many many years. Why abandon them now? But then I don’t know the whole story. From what I can see, the house is empty. But then I could be wrong since it’s based on my observation. Plus why else would the dogs scavenge for food right?
And as I feed them more and more, I realized they are a bunch of friendly dogs. They are actually more afraid of me than I of them. Their barking is just to fend their territory from strangers (be it humans or dogs, etc). Eventually, they kinda relaxed towards me. Well, at least now while I’m dividing food to them, they immediately start eating and not stand at a distance (save for one dog which is still weary towards me). The good news is that I also have two to three other neighbors feeding them.
Of the 4 dogs, one is a male while the other three are mamas based on their large nipples. When one of the female didn’t appear one night, I knew she’s probably giving birth. Some weeks past and I can sometimes hear puppies crying. One fine day I decided to check out their home. To my horror, I saw four very thin puppies. 🙁 I’m guessing they have wean off their mother’s milk but have problem looking for food because the house’s compound (where they live) is separated by drain. They’re still small/lack experience to jump across. Then recently, I saw more pups!!! Woah I did not see that coming.
I don’t know what are going to happen to the dogs and puppies in the future. I did think of surrendering them but then they are living in a home.
What I know and feel is that their presence have helped me emotionally.
Thank you four legged friends.
Update Dec 2017: They were caught by the local council about a month later (after this post was published). The local council came by a few times as there were many of them. Thankfully a few of them got lucky. The neighbors complaint to the council because of the troubled they were causing them (eg. rummaged rubbish and poop everywhere). So sad. 🙁
I eventually found out that the owner of the house were sick and hospitalized. She had since then passed away. Her daughter is now living there and a new wall was built around the compound. There’s even a new large dog house. Thankfully all the remaining pups (I think there are 2-3 of them) are in safe hands with the daughter now. However, there’s one dog that were still lurking freely. Because of this dog catching activity, this senior dog developed anxiety and fear. The daughter tried to bring the senior dog back into her house, but he never goes in. Always stay behind her house, by the back door. Whenever I come close to feed him, he would fled. After many many months… 2017 towards the half or 3/4 of the year, the dog started to warm up a bit. But then one day, he disappeared, never to be seen again. 🙁 I don’t know what happened to him. I like that dog a lot. He has a very beautiful heart (I can see it from his eyes). I asked my neighbors but nobody know where he went. I have yet to ask the daughter, perhaps he finally goes home.