4 May 2011

A visit from an unexpected friend

A couple of nights ago, Scorp called me to come downstairs with some dog food. We've had a few stray dogs taking shelter at the entrance of the building, so it's not the first time I've brought a share of kibble for another dog.

But then he added "It's our former neighbour, the old black dog." Some of you might remember that last year we had an old dog stay on the hallway of the first floor and we would bring it food almost every day. There is a post about him, Our new neighbour. He disappeared a few times, but he'd be back in a couple of days. But one day, he was gone and we didn't see him again...

Until two days ago. I was a bit sad, wondering where he'd gone off to and if he'd managed to get through the winter safely. But he was back, still limping, still gentle and shy, but no longer lethargic. He was walking around with more energy, sniffing us and wagging his tail happily.

Most of our strays are mutts, grey, black or yellow, medium built and with droopy or pointy ears. If you've read my more recent post about Bobita, our doggie neighbour, you can get an idea of how these dogs look like. The old dog with a bad leg looks a lot like Bobita.

We were happy to see him again, since we had been a bit worried. He sniffed the food but didn't want to eat it from Scorp's hand, so he left it on the stairs. I'm sure he'd eat it later, they always do.

"Poor sweet dog", Scorp said, looking behind as we were going back inside, "he wouldn't know how to defend himself from bad people."


  1. Scorp's comment was both sad and sweet! So glad you got to greet your old friend again and make him feel welcome and safe. Hope he visits again ;)

  2. I'm really glad he's ok and actually feeling a lot better than last year.

    It's true, the poor dog is very nice and acts like everyone's his friend, just like Aschiuta does, but without the jumping. Sadly, it was most likely a bad person who gave him his limp.

  3. It is always good to see to old friend and know that he is OK. So glad he found his way back to you for some love and a little kibble.

  4. I hope your old friend enjoyed the food you so kindly brought for him. I hope he continues to return for the unconditional love that you give to him.

  5. Thanks for the nice words, everyone. I hope he found a good place to take shelter in and people to take care of him.

  6. This is such a sweet story about an old friend. You are so kind to watch over him.

  7. It's so wonderful of you to feed the dogs when they come around. For the strays, it might be the only kindness they receive during the day. I do so hope that someone takes the older black dog in and gives him a home. At his age, he deserves to retire from a hard life on the streets!

    -Chandra at Daley's Dog Years


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