Wow, what a day! It all started with me being at home alone with all of the dogs. I was trying to get them all to come inside around noon, and I heard G&M on the other side of the house, whining and barking. I walked around and there was a young man, with a boxer/pit on a leash, standing about 15 yards from the fence; he was just watching G&M while they jumped and wagged at the fence. I was terrified that this was their previous owner (who we have all assumed to NOT be on the up-and-up) so I grabbed George and drug him around the house and put him inside. When I went to get Mabel, the dude and dog had backed off a bit, but now Mabel was trying to frantically dig under the fence. I grabbed her collar and yelled at the guy “Can I help you?” He didn’t reply, but did shout one single word in Spanish – whatever it was, it caused Mabel to freak out! Of course I took her inside and proceeded to panic. I watched the dude walk down the street, and sure enough, he turned to walk down the street where we thought G&M used to live.
Fast forward to about an hour later (Amy & Sydney had gotten home), and I hear Pete start into a recognizable “holy sh*t there are PEOPLE OUT THERE!!!!” barking fit. We peeked outside, and there were no fewer than 10 people milling around in the street in front of our house, including the dude from before. We were kind of terrified and were about to call the cops but decided to answer the door and were greeted by a mid-20s Hispanic woman and same age Hispanic guy. They explained that they were looking for their dogs who got loose and thought we might have them. We played dumb at first but we started to realize that these people seemed nice and legit and not at all like dog breeders or dog fighters. They said that when the dogs got out 4 weeks ago, they looked for a day or so, but then when they contacted the Dekalb Shelter, they were essentially told that since they were untagged pit bulls, if they had been picked up, they were already dead. The dogs had also lost their collars in the yard, which was why they were “naked” when I found them.
We invited Sandra and Marco into the back yard, and when we let George and Mabel out, you would have thought it was Christmas morning! We had never seen them SO excited to see anyone and the owners were all smiles, too. Sandra had vaccine records for them both, but didn’t know about registering them with Dekalb or getting them microchipped; we wrote down some info and made sure we all exchanged information in case they ever needed help with bills or dogsitting. I also sent them home with the dogs’ favorite John Deere blanket so they’d always have a soft place to lay (unless, of course, they eat it first).
Needless to say, we were all pretty stunned at how quick George and Mabel left our lives, so we had a few sad moments after they walked out. However, Pete and Roscoe (our permanent dogs) are clearly VERY happy to have their house back and the cats are also glad to be out of lock-down.
(As for the “breeder” house, that is in fact where G&M were born and who gave/sold them to Sandra and Marco. I have contacted Animal Control to follow up and make sure the dogs that are still there are being taken care of.)