We would walk her dog with us....

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  1. bogolove

    bogolove New Member

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    Liz and I walk our dogs almost every day. There is a house we pass by and we always here the dog in the garage barking when we walk by. He is a gorgeous Weimariener (I know I must have spelled that wrong). We walk by and is is always in there even when they are home! She was even out working in her yard one day, and she did not have him out there with her! Only one time have we walked by and he was outside, tied up in the back yard. Liz and I always talk about knocking on her door and asking if he can walk with us. We just have not had the nerve, because I do want to offend someone who may be walking her dog during the day when I am at work, and I just don't know it. But she doesn't really look like the walking type, but still, I don't want to jump to conclusions on the situation.

    Yesterday Liz and I were walking with our friend Toni, and of course, Brady and Jenny. We walked by her house, and she was outside washing her car. She joked around and said "why don't you take my dog with you?" We said we would take him, we didn't care. She just kept washing her car, I don't know if she thought we were kidding or what.

    Why would you get a big dog like that if you were just going to keep him the garage and not enjoy him? When I am at home, Brady is inside with me, unless he wants to be outside or something, like if it is pretty, or if he is out running around with Jenny. I love having him inside with me. I love to walk him. I love to take him to the creek. I love to play chase with him. I love to give him bones and new toys and see how excited he gets when I give them to him.
     
  2. Purr

    Purr ~3 Mutts~

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    That's a real shame...of course, she may be walking him, and nobody sees her do it. I would never keep my dogs in the garage. My dogs live inside, with me. They are family, IMO, and I wouldn't make my mom, or my kids (I don't really have kids BTW) live in the garage.
     
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    Some people are just different like that. They view dogs differently i guess. That being a Weim(weimaraner), it's probably killing the poor guy/or girl to be kept up like that. They are not dogs to be left alone or even outside for that matter. They have to be around people or they'll develope some personality issues like aggressiveness, depression, etc. Next time you see her outside, just go up and talk to her. Say, I think you dog is adorable, mind if we take him with us on a walk? Just politely, not to make her think you don't like the way she treats it, just politely. See what happens.

    I have a story about my neighbor too. They live directly behind us. Our back yard is fenced so i always have Wrigley(wiem) and Luke (weiner) out ther playing. Well, she has this big huge mutt out there chained up and in a kennel. He's always barking at Wriggs and Luke. At first i was kinda timid of him because he's so huge. Once he got off his chain and was wondering the neighborhood. I came home one night and he scared the bejesus out of me when he ran up to me. I found out that he's not mean or scary, he's a big sweetie(as my g/f would say). So he hung out on our porch for the evening. He eventually got back to the chained kennel. So then one day, while we were out back playing with the dogs, we went over and petted him. We though maybe he could come to our back yard and play with Wrigley. We asked and she said "NO WAY", "he'll get out and run away". Even though we have a fenced in back yard. I just don't get it? Why even have a dog. They never walk it, they hardly ever go out and give it some play time. she even said, "i'm sure he's jealous of your dogs". well, let him out for once!!! I"m not really a fan of outside dogs anyway, but if you give them some attention and make them feel included in things, it's not that big of a deal, but the way that poor guy is, i feel so bad. He just wants to play and get some attention.
     
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    Well, joking or not, she's opened up an opportunity for you to go back and ask her if you can take him out!

    I would ask her - the worst she can say is no, in which case you've done your best for the dog.
     
  5. Renee750il

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    I think Vicki's right!

    You know, the dog might be her husband's or boyfriend's and she just doesn't particularly care for it - or could be jealous of it. I don't really understand how anyone can live with a dog and not come to love it on at least some level.
     
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    I kinda have the same problem.....we have a neighbor who has a dog (it looks like a GSD/Husky mix, a Lab/Husky mix, or a Lab/GSD mix....don't know. I've never seen it up close) and it is chained up in their backyard as far away that it can possibly be from the house. I mean, goodness, that thing is at least 3 acres behind the house.
    I've never seen them walk the dog or even get any attention. I know they have to feed it because it isn't skinny (or it isn't bone thin), but I can't tell if it has water or not because of how far away it is from the road.
    They don't seem like the type of people who would neglect their dog, but then, they don't seem like the type of people who would keep it chained up either. We've met them, and they even said that their 15yr old boy wanted to be a vet. So I donna know.
    But I keep wanting to ask them if I could walk their dog for them, but I don't want to make it sound like I think they neglect their dog since I don't know if they do or not, and they are hardly ever at home so I can ask them.
    What would be the best way to ask them? (And I can't even remember their name. :rolleyes: Yeash....lol)
     
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    What about telling them you want to socialise your dogs a bit more and wondered if you could take their dog out for a walk with yours occasionally?
    That way it looks like they are doing YOU the favour!
     
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    That is a pretty good idea Vickih!
     
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    Yeah! You guys should do it! Go ask; all they can say is no. Can't hurt to try though!
     
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    I don't offer to take neighbours dogs for a walk anymore. Too much responsibility. We used to take our landlady's dog out cuz she's a young, crazy GSD and she's ALWAYS tied up. But she took off on us and the landlady was furious and say we would have to pay for whatever happened to her (pound/vet...) I thought that was really rude since we were doing her a favour. :( I'd walk friends dogs of course but I won't take people's dogs out anymore. It sounds selfish but I don't want to be stuck with a vet bill if something happens. I sound horrible :(
     
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    Actually, Saje, that is very responsible. I feel bad for the dog, but if something happens while we are with it, I don't want her to try to stick us with anything. If it was someone I knew, it would be different, I would walk Jenny any day and I would let Liz take Brady anytime. You have a really good point, I just feel so bad for that poor dog. But who knows, maybe she takes him for one during the day.
     
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    I didnt think of that, but I guess in this day and age you have to be careful :(
     
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    It's sad to say, but Saje is right in the fact that what if something happens when you're out walking the neighbors dog. I wouldn't forgive myself and who knows what the neighbor would do. Do you think the woman might want to take a walk also? It's worth a try to ask her. She might be one of those people that are shy about getting to know others.
     

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