When MJ and I came home on Thursday (4/17), there was a little dog on our porch. He growled when MJ tried to approach him, but showed no other outward signs of aggression (his ears and tail were up, he didn’t crouch, etc.). He did the same to me. Honestly, it was as if he owned the house and we were the trespassers. He was wearing a dirty collar (without tags) and looked clean, although his nails were pretty long. It occurred to me that he possibly belonged to the previous owners, except they are my friends I know they didn’t have dogs.
I set some food and water out for him (even growling dogs shouldn’t go hungry). Of course, we don’t have dogs, therefore, we don’t have dog food in our house. All we had that was dog food-like was some left over Kix cereal from when my cousin came to visit (no offense to the taste of Kix – they were just the right size and apparent crunchiness for a little dog). The dog LOVED the cereal – or was just so hungry he didn’t care what it tasted like. Anyhow, once we fed him, he was our little buddy.
By the way, this is all at 10:30pm at night. We didn’t feel comfortable having a strange dog in our house, so we left him on the porch with water and a towel to curl up in. He was still there in the morning. I woke up early and played with him a bit – he ran a got sticks for me to throw. He was very friendly and playful. He didn’t bark once the entire time he was on our porch and seemed smart from all I could tell. (Playful, quiet, smart and friendly are all essential traits on MJ’s “if-we-ever-have-a-dog-even-though-I-don’t-want-one” list)
Since we don’t know if the dog is lost, abandoned, or what, we had the city come pick him up and take him to an animal hospital in case his owners called looking for him (the greater suburbs are apparently all connected in some way in case someone asks after a specific dog). After talking it out with MJ (who is quite taken with the dog – considering how much he is dog-averse), we decided that if the owners don’t claim the dog, then we will adopt him!
I have never been a fan of small dogs and if I went to a pound to pick one out, I would never have picked a small dog. Alas, I am smitten with this little guy…. Plus, I feel like he picked us (or at least our porch) – so I couldn’t possibly let him be… well, I won’t even go there. I don’t dare start thinking of names in case he gets claimed. We find out if he’s ours on Monday, April 28.
He looks a lot like this Jack Russel Terrier:
Here’s a little description I found of his breed:
“The Jack Russell Terrier is a perky, merry, devoted, and loving dog. Spirited and obedient, yet absolutely fearless. Careful and amusing, he enjoys games and playing with toys. Friendly and generally kind to children who have been taught not to tease or strike the dog. They are intelligent, yet willful and determined. They can be slightly difficult to train and need a firm, experienced trainer. The Jack Russell can be aggressive with other dogs if not well trained and socialized. Some have killed or been killed in dog fights. Early socialization can help substantially moderate this trait. They have strong hunting instincts (stronger than your average terrier) and should not be trusted with other small animals. They like to chase and explore. Be careful not to let them off the lead unless they are very well-trained. Jack Russells like to bark and dig. They tend to get restless and destructive if not kept fruitfully occupied and well exercised. Jack Russells climb, which means they can climb over a fence, they also jump. A Jack that stands 12 inches high can easily jump five feet. JRTs are not the breed for a inexperienced dog owner. This is a BIG dog in a little dogs body. The owner needs to be as strong-willed as they are, or this little guy will take over. With the right owner this little dog can really excel, but is not recommended for those who have not had prior experience with terriers. The Jack Russell Terrier must present a lively, active and alert appearance. It should impress with its fearless and happy disposition. It should be remembered that the Jack Russell is a working terrier and should retain these instincts. Nervousness, cowardice or over-aggressiveness should be discouraged and it should always appear confident.” (taken from: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/jackrussellterrier.htm)