It's awful around here. Our shelters and humane society are overflowing and refusing to take more animals, rescue groups are overwhelmed. And we're seeing more and more strays. We spotted our stray pup again. She's a pretty little girl, although nearly gaunt now and scared senseless. Poor thing. Young, maybe 5 or 6 mos old. Black and tan coon hound, looks like she's probaby mixed, but maybe not. She's so thin it's hard to be certain. Breaks my heart to see her. She won't come close, although she seems to want to desperately. You can see how torn with indecision she is in her eyes. Sad. She's wearing a collar that is now much too big for her. We can't get close enough to see if there is a tag. But have left food and water out. Nichole has checked the paper, the radio station, called the humane society, checked with the pound....no one is reporting a lost pup. She's combed the neighborhood hoping to spot her to see if she can get her to come to her. Nichole is amazing with animals, if anyone can gain her trust, she can. *updated* Nichole got the pup to come up to her. Sweet pup. Maybe rot mix instead of coon hound mix, my guess mixed with terrior. Obviously just weaned a litter. Fed her again. Brought her inside. Called the humane society again to see if anyone reported her missing. Nope. Called dog warden so if someone does report her they'll call us. (so will humane society) Turned out director of humane society almost ran over the dog yesterday.....and still did not pick her up because they're so full. She's glad someone is feeding her though. Heck, even called the vets in town.....hoping since she's recently had a litter maybe it would bring someone to mind for them. Nope. But they're also gonna call if they hear anything. Heck, she even likes cats. I really hope someone hasn't just turned this dog out. On top of this......I'm feeding several new stray cats along with Willie. easy child is aquiring a "pride" of her own. Each sweet, gentle, and hoping to butter her up enough to come inside. And there is nowhere for these animals to go. I'd keep her inside but I'm leery of her temperment. Too many bad experiences in that area. Although Molly and Betsy would probably welcome her. (I also don't want to put them thru fostering again) Rumor has it that we have bad weather on the way for the weekend. So, I may wind up putting her on a lead in the backyard......letting her use a spare doghouse so she at least has some shelter from the weather. Like I can afford to feed another dog. But geez, what'cha supposed to do? Watch them freeze and starve? Praying I get a call that someone is looking for this sweet girl.