I called the animal shelter to report him in case his owners tried to locate him, placed a found ad and so fourth. The dog was here for the better part of a week before I started to feed him, assuming that he was lost. Some nights he takes off in the evening only to show up around 8AM and other times he stays for a few days before disappearing and showing back up.
Finally, he showed up with a bright orange collar on! So I taped my name and phone number to his collar to ask the owners (if that is where he was going) to call. A day or two later when he decided to go home again his owner called me. Turns out this dog lives about 2 miles away.
I told the owner that the dog has been here and I kind of inquired as to if this guy was missing his dog? (Wondering how you are so OK with only seeing your dog five times in 3 weeks) I nicely told him that I would greatly appreciate it if he kept his dog at his house. I informed him that I had scheduled an appointment to neuter the dog so I could re-home him, assuming he was lost and went un-claimed. Now that I know he has a home.... please keep him there! I do not want a fourth dog, much less a part time fourth dog that I do not know the vaccination or de-worming records on.
Surprise, surprise, the dog has been here on and off ever since. No collar, nothing has changed. The poor dog is getting thin because I stopped feeding him when I found out that he does in fact have an owner.
He is very nice, other than the dog "herding" people and constantly being in the way, peeing all over my hay, feed, barn, chasing traffic and chasing my cats he hasn't been awful but I really just don't want the dam* dog!
I am expecting our goats to kid in about a month, judging by how long it took me to beat "barking at the goats" out of him, it makes me very leery for him to pop over un-announced with goat kids. Not to mention we plan to get chickens in the spring and I am going to have enough trouble keeping my wolf hybrid from eating them. All that aside, I just don't need him here.
So in this situation, what would you do?
I plan to call the neighbor again, or drop him off his dog and discuss this in person. Telling him one more time to keep his dog, get a fence, tie him up when you let him out, I don't know! I know darn well that any chance the dog gets in the future he'll just show up.
Do I bring him to the shelter if he keeps showing up? If he was running my horses through fences or eating the goats I'd know what to do but...
Sigh, that was a rant. Just not quite sure what the most neighborly route is, but I am really over pee soaked feed bags.