Scrawny Donny - look at all his ribs jutting out! He also has various callouses and minor wounds on his feet ...
Today, someone (referred to as Person A) who works in one of the houses (referred to as House X) in the neighbourhood where (coincidently) Donny was found claimed that her employers have lost their German Shepherd. So the Chief and another one of Dog Woods household staff said Person A could come by to pick the dog up. When she didn't appear, the Chief and staff took Donny (we, TOP DOG, Anna and myself, Snoopy decided to tag along) by House X. But for some reason they refused to open the gates. Which was really odd...
These were the surrounding circumstances when Donny was found. He was found loitering nearby House X. The people living in the opposite house of House X who are Dog-Phobic were more than pleased when Donny followed the Chief home. According to them, he's been hanging around the area for the last few days and it was causing them a great deal of anxiety since they were terrified of him.
Which leads to another peculiarity. Won't a household be out looking for their lost dog? And if Donny was hanging around nearby House X won't Person A - who now claims Dog belongs to her or her employers and other members of the household staff would be out looking for him and would have found him by now?
From this Smart cookie's experience, when our Dog Woods TOP DOG there when missing one afternoon, everyone was frantically searching high and low within and around the neighbourhood of Dog Woods for his Lordship. Even the poo-lice was roped into looking for Tuffy.
Even the Chief's chanced upon him not once but twice (near House X too!) on two different days before deciding to do something about the strange German Shepherd lurking about the neighbourhood.
Which leads us Dog Woods canines to speculate:-
a) That Donny doesn't belong to that certain person who works with House X.
b) The Person A wants an pedigree dog like Donny for herself but is terrified of handling him - hence the no appearance after putting in claim and the not wanting to rescue him when he was initially lurking in front of their house ...
c) Ok, maybe this last speculation may be rather far fetched but a nice (but skinny) lost dog like Donny is the prime candidate for the cooking pot! This Basset Hound, kid you not ...roast dog is a delicacy in our part of the world. Though not a wide spread culinary practice compared to countries like Vietnam and the Philippines where you can buy yourself a slice of B-B-Q dog from the road side vendors or market, there are still people here who privately eat us. :P
So the Chief is wary. Poor Donny might end up in someone's dinner table if she's not careful. She's decided that she now wants documented and pictorial evidence ofDonny's ownership before letting him go with humans. As for now, the formal police report of a German Shepherd found has been lodged - just in case, Person A decides to accuse us at Dog Woods for holding what belongs to her or her employers (or whatever Person A's story is ...)
Snoopy signing off :)
Skinny Donny exploring DogWoods
Top Dog's acceptance : Tuffy and Donny