Chattanoogans, particularly folks in Hixson or Middle Valley, have any of you lost a little black dog, know of someone who is missing a dog or have seen a lost dog flier?
This weekend, my parents found this cutie off of Boyscout Road in the Hixson/Middle Valley part of Hamilton County. She was sitting in their front yard when they returned from a Fourth of July barbecue.*
She’s black with brown paws and had a red collar with no tags. She wasn’t micro-chipped. She’s about six pounds and appears to be a Chihuahua mix. My parents describe her as older because her muzzle is so gray. She is also gentle but has plenty of energy.
She’s housebroken and very sweet. She was starving and her ribs were showing when she found my parents. She’s mostly slept the past few days and cowers like she was possibly mistreated by someone.
The dog, which my folks refer to as Little Black Dog or Small Emergency Backup Dog after the legendary Dave Barry column, is a digger. She dug a hole in my parents backyard, escaped and then went to the front door to be let back in.
While my parents wouldn’t mind another dog, Sunny, the Irish Setter/Golden Retriever they adopted from a shelter back in November, isn’t too keen on having a sibling. She occasionally growls at the little dog, and my parents are hesitant to leave them alone together.
Please email me at email@example.com if you’ve heard about anyone looking for a dog that matches this description in the Chattanooga area. I’d love to see this elderly pup reunited with her family.
*Can animals sense houses belonging to pet lovers? This is the second time my parents were adopted by an animal. When I was in elementary school, a mama cat adopted my family after watching us for a couple of days. At the time we had two cats and a dog. One evening in the pouring down rain, we heard a cat meowing outside. When we investigated, we found a kitten. This happened three more times until the Mom Cat came in the garage and settled down. When the kittens were old enough, we found homes for them, and Mom Cat disappeared. Perhaps my parents have “sucker” written on their house in some code only animals understand.