MERCI: Hey, look what followed us home Sunday night.
SAM: We're not joking. This little doxie mix did follow Merci and I home when we walked Jan Sunday evening.
MERCI: And we're not happy about it. We recognize her. Remember the mean territorial dog that has been coming after us on our walks? We posted about him in Vinegar and Hot Pepper back in February.
SAM: Well, shortly after that first encounter, a small doxie started running around there too, but that one was scared of everything and didn't bother us. We did notice when the woman was leaving she would holler and a doxie would come running.
MERCI: Around here if a person is evicted or leaves things behind, it is piled out by the curb and people going by stop to pick through it and take what they want. There was such a pile in front of that house Saturday morning. That always makes Jan sad.
SAM: I told this pup we didn't want her company but she ignored my growls and came anyway. And Jan was worried about her having been left behind when the tenant moved. There are at least one coyote and one fox in this area. (We met Miss Fox Saturday evening and Mr. Coyote last summer.)
BUDDY: Marcus and I weren't thrilled when this stranger walked in but she just wants to eat, play and feel secure so she doesn't bother me.
MARCUS: Well, I don't like her! I was locked in the crate when she came in, which was a bad start, and then she wanted to play while I was playing soccer. When I tried to play with her, she'd run off screaming like I was killing her.
BUDDY: Yes, she is afraid of everything but you didn't have to keep beating her up. Now she's terrified of you.
MERCI: Jan called around to try to find someone who could take the dog in overnight so she wouldn't have to be afraid or locked in a crate, but no one had any room.
SAM: I don't want her here but I do feel kind of sorry for her. Jan is going to have to call city Animal Control in the morning and send her to the shelter. She will be safer there than on the streets. Miss Peggy is already working to find a rescue to take her when her time will be up.
MERCI: I spent some time in the shelter before I came to live here. I hope this doxie finds a home right away.
SAM: I wonder what happened to the mean, territorial dog? Did they abandon him too?
UPDATE: The sweet Miss Doxie is on her way to the shelter and hopefully to a better life!