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Ben Higgins
post Feb 4 2012, 08:10 PM
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This morning, as me and my girlfriend approached the horse's stables we could hear dogs barking. Turns out that 2 dogs were in the hay store, next to the stables. They had most likely been there all night as the smaller dog was shivering terribly. We don't know where they came from and they had no collars or name tags so we had to take them back home with us (in a single cab pickup truck with 2 seats so I had the pleasure of 2 dogs sat on me). They were both female, looked very well kept and really lovely.

A few hours and loads of phone calls to authorities later, my girlfriend took them to a local vet to scan them for microchips. Luckily the scan picked up the info of the dog's owner and they rang the owner who collected them.

Here they are.. I wanted a pic of them while they were still with us:

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Has anybody else had to rescue stray or runaway animals ?


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post Feb 4 2012, 08:14 PM
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I've taken In about 5 cats and 2 dogs. my friend and I used to always take care of strays. All of his dogs are former strays, and with the exception of my current pets, all mine were too.
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post Feb 4 2012, 09:16 PM
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Well done Ben! smile.gif
One year ago, me and my ex-girlfriend saw how a car hurt a dog in front of us and didn't stop to help it. mad.gif
We take the dog to the veterinarian and heal it. We take care of him for some months until his hurt leg was fine again and then we searched for a new owner ('cause we already had 3 dogs!). I can't understand a person that run over and hurts a dog and don't stop to help him.


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post Feb 5 2012, 09:44 AM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Feb 4 2012, 08:16 PM) *
Well done Ben! smile.gif
One year ago, me and my ex-girlfriend saw how a car hurt a dog in front of us and didn't stop to help it. mad.gif
We take the dog to the veterinarian and heal it. We take care of him for some months until his hurt leg was fine again and then we searched for a new owner ('cause we already had 3 dogs!). I can't understand a person that run over and hurts a dog and don't stop to help him.


That's a great thing that you did Gab. The same thing happened to one of ours years ago.. her leg was badly mashed up and the driver never stopped. Thankfully she was ok .. now she's just as annoying as ever smile.gif

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I've taken In about 5 cats and 2 dogs. my friend and I used to always take care of strays. All of his dogs are former strays, and with the exception of my current pets, all mine were too.


Woah, you're a veteran, man smile.gif

I don't know if you guys ever got the feeling of 'Of all the places they could have gone, why did I have to find them?' I look at it in this kind of way: They had to be found by us because somebody else might not have cared. Like fate led them to someone who wouldn't just turn them away.


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post Feb 6 2012, 09:02 AM
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Yesterday, one of my bandmates from Aria, found a half frozen pidgeon on his car and was ready to take it home and see that it heals and warms up, till a guy came and asked that he would take it as he was fond of pidgeons. Hope he didn't make a stew out of it sad.gif

Anyway, I got a big issue with the stray dogs. I think I already told you about the huge pack living on the deserted field near my home...


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post Feb 6 2012, 09:29 AM
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Never had a chance of doing such a good dead, but I really like animals, it's always wrong to see them suffer. Very nice of you Ben for helping them out.


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post Feb 6 2012, 09:41 AM
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Lots of stray dogs and cats where we live in the campo sadly.

Our dog Mo was an abandoned dog left at a local restaurant. The restaurant owner tried to look after him but he got in the way too much so we took him in. When he first came to us he used to answer to the name 'Toma' even though he's called Momo/Geronimo. People at the restaurant used to give Mo food and at the same time say 'Toma' and he thought it was his name. Toma is a way of saying 'you take/you have this' and though.


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post Feb 6 2012, 10:36 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Feb 6 2012, 08:02 AM) *
Yesterday, one of my bandmates from Aria, found a half frozen pidgeon on his car and was ready to take it home and see that it heals and warms up, till a guy came and asked that he would take it as he was fond of pidgeons. Hope he didn't make a stew out of it sad.gif

Anyway, I got a big issue with the stray dogs. I think I already told you about the huge pack living on the deserted field near my home...


Oh man.. that's not soething you expect to find on your car is it ?



QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Feb 6 2012, 08:29 AM) *
Never had a chance of doing such a good dead, but I really like animals, it's always wrong to see them suffer. Very nice of you Ben for helping them out.


Yeah, wasn't sure what else to do.. we couldn't leave them there and I'm glad we took the time to make sure they got back to their owner safely.

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Lots of stray dogs and cats where we live in the campo sadly.

Our dog Mo was an abandoned dog left at a local restaurant. The restaurant owner tried to look after him but he got in the way too much so we took him in. When he first came to us he used to answer to the name 'Toma' even though he's called Momo/Geronimo. People at the restaurant used to give Mo food and at the same time say 'Toma' and he thought it was his name. Toma is a way of saying 'you take/you have this' and though.


That's great. We can't really imagine how good it must feel for these animals to finally get some care and consistency in their lives after going from one place to another.


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post Feb 7 2012, 10:33 PM
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A few years ago my missus saw a kitten in the middle of the road where she works, was definately a stray because it was covered in fleas and one eye was cloudy. Took it to the vet who gave us something for the parasites and told us to watch the eye in case it got worse. After a few days the eye started to swell and was like a marble sticking out of it's head so he had to have it removed and was only about 6-8 weeks old. All went well and went to pick him up which cost me 175 british pounds huh.gif But he was a character, named him Hendrix, after guess who? biggrin.gif Sadly he died a couple of years ago. sad.gif
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post Feb 8 2012, 11:54 AM
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QUOTE (llibach @ Feb 7 2012, 09:33 PM) *
A few years ago my missus saw a kitten in the middle of the road where she works, was definately a stray because it was covered in fleas and one eye was cloudy. Took it to the vet who gave us something for the parasites and told us to watch the eye in case it got worse. After a few days the eye started to swell and was like a marble sticking out of it's head so he had to have it removed and was only about 6-8 weeks old. All went well and went to pick him up which cost me 175 british pounds huh.gif But he was a character, named him Hendrix, after guess who? biggrin.gif Sadly he died a couple of years ago. sad.gif


That's great that you guys took him in.. so sad about his eye though. I can't stand it how people just cast animals out without a care. It's great that he had some good years with you guys. smile.gif


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post Feb 8 2012, 12:46 PM
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In the course of my life we have had around 12 dogs. All but 5 of them are dogs from the pound or taken in from people who tried to get rid of them. We just found out that the one was an all out stray, she was very unhealthy when she was a pup living on the streets day to day. I would like to say she is 2 years old and doing great!

In our house me and my parents all work different schedules so that pretty much someone is always at home with the animals. They have a nice sized backyard to run in. Tons of toys to play with scattered all over the house. (They don't seem to understand the put it back when your done with it theory laugh.gif). They are pretty spoiled they get to go for car rides at least 2 times a week and so on.


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post Feb 8 2012, 12:49 PM
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QUOTE (SpaseMoonkey @ Feb 8 2012, 11:46 AM) *
In the course of my life we have had around 12 dogs. All but 5 of them are dogs from the pound or taken in from people who tried to get rid of them. We just found out that the one was an all out stray, she was very unhealthy when she was a pup living on the streets day to day. I would like to say she is 2 years old and doing great!

In our house me and my parents all work different schedules so that pretty much someone is always at home with the animals. They have a nice sized backyard to run in. Tons of toys to play with scattered all over the house. (They don't seem to understand the put it back when your done with it theory laugh.gif). They are pretty spoiled they get to go for car rides at least 2 times a week and so on.


Man that's awesome ! Love the fact they have toys laugh.gif


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QUOTE (SpaseMoonkey @ Feb 8 2012, 11:46 AM) *
...They are pretty spoiled they get to go for car rides at least 2 times a week and so on.


A little OT - sorry Ben...

I can never understand why my wife puts our dog in the car to drive him someplace for a walk. We live in the countryside and we own a 4 acre field behind our house rolleyes.gif .


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QUOTE (tonymiro @ Feb 8 2012, 12:02 PM) *
A little OT - sorry Ben...

I can never understand why my wife puts our dog in the car to drive him someplace for a walk. We live in the countryside and we own a 4 acre field behind our house rolleyes.gif .


Very true !! I think the same thing when I see epople driving out somewhere just to walk the dogs smile.gif


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post Feb 8 2012, 05:02 PM
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I finally managed to convince my big dog to come inside - the last few days have been incredibly nasty sad.gif and I found him all curled up at the front door and having snow on his fur. Well, he doesn't like going inside and I had to sway him for about 20 minutes. Once he was in he settled quite nicely smile.gif


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post Feb 9 2012, 11:00 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Feb 8 2012, 04:02 PM) *
I finally managed to convince my big dog to come inside - the last few days have been incredibly nasty sad.gif and I found him all curled up at the front door and having snow on his fur. Well, he doesn't like going inside and I had to sway him for about 20 minutes. Once he was in he settled quite nicely smile.gif


Wow, he's got his proper dog instincts dictating to him. Hopefully he's getting used to C-Maestro's castle now wink.gif


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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Feb 9 2012, 10:00 AM) *
Wow, he's got his proper dog instincts dictating to him. Hopefully he's getting used to C-Maestro's castle now wink.gif


smile.gif found him on a rug last night near the staircase - he started enjoying the heat biggrin.gif


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post Feb 9 2012, 12:19 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Feb 9 2012, 10:47 AM) *
smile.gif found him on a rug last night near the staircase - he started enjoying the heat biggrin.gif


They all succumb to the human comforts eventually biggrin.gif


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post Feb 19 2012, 04:47 PM
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As an update to this story, me and the GF went up to the stables a couple days ago to find a box of expensive chocolates hanging in a bag from a stable door. It was from the owner of the two dogs to say thank you because my girlfriend refused any reward or anything so he insisted he at least buy her some chocolate or something. We thought no more of it until we found them up there. Luckily the horses didn't find them first. I don't exactly have the best track record of animals and chocolate... wink.gif

But that's not the main update.. there's now a cat that's decided to live up there. It's a ginger female and looks really young. Not sure if she has a proper home or not.

Here we go again...!! tongue.gif

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Its great to see there are so many animal lovers here and it moves me reading all these stories of rescue and rehab.My hat is off to all of you and God bless you. For some reason my place seems to attract lost dogs, over the years Stacie and I have taken in and found the owners of about a half a dozen dogs including a couple sled dog pups that somehow got out of their kennel that turned out were owned by a local dog musher, and a beautiful Newfounland hound and Siberian husky owned by a family that had recently moved into this area. Its very rewarding to see little kids reunited with their pets. smile.gif
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