Sugar has a new dog.

Well, not exactly.  He runs a rural route in Hardlyville, and he started feeding a dog late last fall.  He’d seen the dog hanging around the front yard of a home out in the country, and he’d decided that basically the dog was living in the drainage ditch and/or culvert in front of a house.  She was always in the same general region, and he thought the people had gotten a new dog, even though they had two little dogs that hung around on the front porch of the home which sat well off the road.  He was getting concerned about her because it looked like she had some swelling around her mammary glands.  What could it be – a tumor?  He couldn’t actually touch her to find out, because she danced away from him if he got too near. 

On Christmas Day last year we went to take food to her.  At the entrance to the culvert was the dog… and two puppies.  We couldn’t touch them.

Sometimes he doesn’t see her at all, sometimes for days on end.  Lately he has only seen her with one puppy.  There’s a possibility that the other puppy broke away from the group, and went out on his own.  There are other possibilities, too.

On Sunday we went by where he usually sees her in order to feed her.  The house is now abandoned.  The people that were living there just up and left, but the house is not for sale.  Perhaps they were foreclosed upon, and just slid away in the night.  Even though they are gone, the dog never identified with them, she merely claimed squatter’s rights on the culvert. 

It’s getting hotter, and the normal watering spots are drying up.  Sugar decided that he needed to put out water for her and her baby, and he needed some sort of substantial container to put down into the ditch that would be unnoticed or would perhaps be thought to be trash and so would not be removed. 

The following photos show that the whole time Sugar was putting out the water, and then dumping the food on the ground into two piles, the mother and her baby were watching him from down the road.

See the baby?

We backed out of the driveway and headed out the way we came in. Looking back, we see the mom.

Until next time…

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3 Responses to “SugarDog”

  1. Becky Says:

    That mom looks so much like our stray “Elvis” that just showed up one day at our house. And Jenn’s cat looks like our “Peanut”. I like these coincidences and the fact that Sugar found an effective way of caring for the critters. 🙂


    • ruthrawls Says:

      She’s a Treeing Walker Coonhound. There are a lot of hunt clubs in the area, and that’s one of the dogs that are used for the hunt. Sometimes the dogs wander too far away from the pack during the hunt, and they can’t find their way back. Since working dogs are not sterilized on purpose, *because their hormones make them hunt better*, they are left to breed on their own. If animal control comes out, they use traps or tranquilizer guns. What if they don’t get both dogs? What happens to the one left behind? And if they do get both, they’ll go to the shelter where they might be deemed too feral to be rehabilitated. We don’t have a clear picture about how this should play out.


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    […] years ago, Sugar reported that there was a stray dog on his postal route that he was feeding. Time went on.  She had two puppies, and he continued to feed them […]


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