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December 22nd, 2007 (06:47 pm)
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This afternoon was interesting. I bought a shotgun recently (my first), and had planned on testing it out at my gun club. Alas, things kept piling up, so by the time I made it out to run my errands, I realized I wouldn't have time to drive to the range and get a good amount of shooting time in. But then, on the way home, I drove past a sign for a skeet and trap range I hadn't known about. I went in and shot a couple of rounds -- abysmally! But I did better than the last time I tried clay birds, so I didn't feel too bad. (My shotgun also has a 22" barrel, which is a little short for trap shooting -- the previous owner swapped out the barrel. But this makes it easy to move around. All I need is practice.)

Then, on the way home, the unexpected happened: a puppy arrived.

My cabin is off a county road; I was nearly home, and at the intersection between my county road and another, when I saw a dog in the road licking a tossed-out soda can. I pulled over to the side of the road and got out of the car. When I whistled, the dog came right over. It was a pit bull, tan in color, pretty young -- I'd guess about ten weeks. She was friendly and in good shape, save for a scrape on her muzzle and a scratch over one eye.

I didn't see any houses, and I couldn't leave her there. So I put her in the car, said, "Please don't pee, honey," and drove the rest of the way home.

For somebody totally unprepared for the onset of dog, I'm not doing too badly. So far, she's had some water and a bowl of Crispix. I also gave her a bath, because she stunk; now she smells like wet dog, which is only slightly worse. Tomorrow, I'll start looking for her owner -- dunno if she's chipped or not, but I'll post fliers and call the paper. She is now sleeping beside me on the sofa. She was shivering, so I threw a towel over her to act as a blanket. Now she's just snoring. I'll post pictures, if I can ever find my card reader...

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Posted by: Persephone (persephone_kore)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)

Aww, puppy!

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)

I know, right? She is a sweet puppy, if a bit excitable. This ought to be interesting...

Posted by: mendori (mendori)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)

Pitty puppy! Love and slobber, all in one package of fur.

Posted by: tried to eat the safe banana (thefourthvine)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
Dog

You realize that if you don't post pictures, we will totally stop loving you.

Also: Eeee! Puppy!

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)

Understood! *salutes*

Posted by: Betty (brown_betty)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)

*LAUGHS AT YOU OMG*

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
303 british

I know I am a crappy shotgun shooter! I'm good with pistols! Really!

...oh, wait. The dog thing. Yes.

Incidentally, I found out this morning why she was not overly hungry. She threw up in the bathroom during the night, and I discovered what she'd been eating lately. Wood.

*shakes head* Puppy, I know a high fiber diet is nice, but not THAT HIGH.

Posted by: Betty (brown_betty)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)

Try feeding her anti-depressants! Dogs love that.

Posted by: Vvalkyri (vvalkyri)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2007 06:43 am (UTC)

Aw.. luck in finding the owner...

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
bruce and diana

Thanks. Will see if one turns up. I have produced several fliers, and will post them this morning. The classified office at the newspaper doesn't open until Monday...

Posted by: Vvalkyri (vvalkyri)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)

you're figuring there is one 'cause she's in good condition?

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: December 24th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)

Pretty much. Though, looking at her, I'm not sure how long she was out. She seems to have been rough-and-tumble for a while, and her attachment to me indicates she's been lacking for company.

Posted by: amore_di_libri (amore_di_libri)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2007 07:02 am (UTC)

Awwww. My friend works as a foster owner for a nearby shelter, and most of the pit bulls I've encountered came with all sorts of neuroses, gradually becoming the sweet, friendly, beautiful dogs they should've been to begin with. It's great that she's friendly and in relatively good shape. :)


Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC)

I am fond of pits. I had one as a kid; she weighed about twice what a pit bull is supposed to weigh and thought she was a lapdog. A real sweetheart of a dog, and a mushpot until you threatened the family or her doggy friends.

Posted by: cmar_wingnut (cmar_wingnut)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)

You're a good person to pick up a stray dog like that. Good luck finding the owner, and if not - she sounds like she'd make a fine pet. (That's how I got most of my cats.)

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)

Most of? How many do you have?

She is a very sweet dog. Although she does have some strange tendencies.

Posted by: Vvalkyri (vvalkyri)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)

what strange tendencies?

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
roll out

Well, for one thing, she eats wood. Ate a fair chunk of it before coming to me, and still investigates it as food-worthy. Also, she has become attached to me faster than any dog I've known -- I guess it's because I helped her in a bad spot, but she really doesn't want to leave my side if it can possibly be avoided. I'm housesitting for my friend Ash, who has a fenced back yard. She regards the yard with suspicion, as a terrible device to separate me from her.

Posted by: cmar_wingnut (cmar_wingnut)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)

Six cats. Almost enough to qualify for crazy old cat lady status. Two came from friends who couldn't keep them; the other four were picked up from the street.

Strange tendencies - do you think the wood-eating is really a questionable taste in foodstuffs or just a result of starvation?

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: December 24th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
303 british

I think it was "I'm hungry! Hey, there's stuff on the ground here. Let's eat it!" ...the thing I don't get is why she's still interested in nibbling it. She didn't want any cereal this morning, and I was a little concerned, but this evening she gobbled her food eagerly. I think her high-fiber diet gave her a tummyache, but she's doing better now. And tomorrow I'll take her by a vet, see if she's chipped, all that stuff.

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