A woman came out of the barber shop. I believe her name was Lydia. She had seen this dog often. Lydia lived in her car, parked behind the barber shop, so that she would have more flexibility to go trail running in the mountains. Because she was in the parking lot all the time, she had gotten to know this dog. Because the little dog wasn’t too hungry, I wanted to catch her with Calming Signals. The trouble with that is that she decided to flop down on the asphalt near us and take a nap. We let her sleep. I talked to Lydia for a bit, and then I gave her the slip lead and told her about Calming Signals. I decided to go to my car and watch from a distance and let Lydia catch the dog with Calming Signals, since she knew her better. After about 20 minutes, the little dog was coming up to Lydia and letting her pet her, and Lydia calmly and quietly slipped the slip lead on. Once secured, the little dog did not panic at all. In fact, she decided to take a nap on Lydia’s lap.
I gave Lydia my chip scanner and let her scan the dog. She did have a chip, and her name was Tina. Eventually, with a little help, I was able to contact the owner, who was on her way home. She would come get Tina fairly soon. We learned that Tina was allowed to roam the area, and she was crossing Main Street every day. She had been a street dog previously, and was adopted from the Human Society in Bellevue. When the owner arrived, Tina was not especially glad to see her. Tina stayed on Lydia’s lap, looking a little sad, like she didn’t want to leave her new friend.
Our goal is to reunite dogs with their families. It’s a little sad when the dog’s family doesn’t take proper care of a dog. The next day, I read on Facebook that Tina was out again, and had been picked up by Animal Control. Hopefully, someone will step up to take proper care of Tina, before she gets run over.