2.06.2012

Eero update...

eero the dog
eero the dog
We really enjoyed our first weekend with sweet Eero. He appears to be about 8 or 9 years old and has settled in nicely. He's really calm, only barks when someone is at the door, likes to run around with the kids, and can sit, shake, and roll over. Such a lovey dog!

It occurred to me that this may have been the second attempt at dropping him off. I have occasional bouts of insomnia and, last week, I found myself still awake at 4 AM, watching episode after episode of The Sopranos (...instead of doing anything productive). We live on a rural road that's always quiet at night so, needless to say, I was startled to hear a vehicle stop in front of our house at 4 AM. I saw lights and heard it idling for a few minutes, so I flicked on our porch light and the car pulled away almost immediately. It seems like someone probably tried to drop Eero off that morning and didn't expect one of us to be awake. I don't like that this person trespassed on our property in the middle of the night, and imagining the circumstances that would've made someone abandon a dog makes me sad. I certainly don't condone abandoning animals at random farmhouses. That said, we're happy that Eero's here- his presence makes us all a bit more chipper. As PRH said, fingers crossed no one drops off a cow or a horse.

UPDATE: Not sure what the deal is with the dog treats, but Eero, whose real name is Buddy, has wonderful owners after all. Apparently, he took off with his cat friend last week and his owners have been frantically searching for him. They were thrilled to find their sweet dog and he was thrilled to see his family. We'll miss him (and I'll eventually stop crying), but we're happy that Buddy's reunited with family.

eero the dog

23 comments:

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said...

He is such a handsome guy! So sad that someone would need to leave him, but lucky for him (and you!) he got left at your house!
x Katherine

chattykathy said...

What a gorgeous dog! He looks so peaceful in your photos!

Carrie said...

What a sweetie! I grew up with a Golden and I can't imagine just dropping these beautiful dogs (or any dog, for that matter) off to fend for themselves or simply hope that there is a loving family who will care for them. He's beautiful and I hope he enjoys his last few years with your family!

Wolfie and the Sneak said...

I wonder if they read your blog and know what a great family you are...seems they had you figured out as a great home for him!

carole said...

His cuteness is killing me! I agree, weird (and scary) to have someone trespassing on your property. He seems to have settled right in.

New Duds said...

Oh my! I cant belive anyone could leave that pup. Who knows what stories he can tell. My first dog was a Golden who looked so much like Eero. Those years when she was 7+ were the best years, she was calm and happy but still a goof and such a great companion. She lived to be 13 and we used to call her Granny because she looked so grandmother like, he is a very distinguished Grandpa that Eero. Best of luck with him!

ABBY said...

sad. but such a beautiful (and lucky) pup!

Fjordlykke said...

Wow that is so strange! How can you leave your best friend like that. I have a Golden Retriever puppy, 5 months. You get so attached to these wonderful dogs. So there must be a tragic story behind this animal dumping. So happy to hear that you will take care of him!
Greetings from Bergen, Norway!

Beaner said...

Definitely sounds like a winner of a dog and for the dog a winner home to be dropped off at! What a beauty he is!

Cindy Meyers said...

Congrats Abbey! He is cute. I am glad it will work out. You wouldn't believe how many animals are abandoned regularly.

Good luck!

bklopst said...

Every home should have his Eero!
Except of course those who aren't worth having a dog or any animal for that matter.

Sarah @ { rad: renovations are dirty } said...

Aww.. I can't imagine abandoning a dog. It's so strange that someone left dog treats but it seems as though they care (?). They must be going through rough times and thought that he'd be safe with you instead of at a shelter.

Anyway, he's adorable and glad that he's fitting in well. :)

Kit Lang said...

Awww that made me so sad and happy at the same time. :)/:(

I'm glad Buddy's home though.

sophia said...

"he's really calm, only barks when someone is at the door..."---sounds like the classic older golden retriever...beautiful dogs with a beautiful nature.

Jayne said...

Aw, my heart hurts for you. We have an 8 year old Golden named Fred and seeing your posts made me heart ache and soar at the same time. So sad that he would be left and so happy that he found your family! Now he is home with his owners and your heart is left with an empty hole. Sounds like you'd be a great fit for the Golden Retriever Rescue. So many great older dogs out there.
Sending hugs, there is nothing like the love and companionship of a dog.

Marti said...

I'm sorry he had to go.
=(
I hope you find another wonderful beast, if you decide you should. Might feel extra good to have a dog around if you have midnight trespassers again.

Rachael, Pistachio Press said...

Oh no Abbey :( Maybe this is the right time for a different dog. It seems like your house needs one!

Anonymous said...

Hey there. Love your posts! We too have an old farmhouse - 150 years old - that we are working on. I had to comment...just read your post Attention Hunters. I had listed on my to-do list that I made up on Sunday to contact the sheriff here to inquire about hunting and the likes. People thought I was crazy to worry a bit about having the kids outside as we have a lot of fields and property around us that I recently found could be hunted on at any time. We have never lived rurally, so this hunting business is new to me. I thought there were hunting seasons...apparently not on private property. Your post has helped me raise the awareness around here...proved to others I am not nuts to worry...and has literally scared the hell out of me. Those photos you posted are so scary. All the what-ifs. SO, SO happy that none of you were injured.

Jodi Ann said...

Oh no! So sad for you. Glad someone didn't just abandon him and you found the owners, but still so sad.

Stephanie said...

Just read through the updates - any thoughts on who was in front of your house now? so strange. Glad Buddy is home with his family, my heart always aches for the owners when I find dogs (we live in the city so it happens often).

emmel-prutsemieke said...

O, the owners where looking for him. Sad for you, maybe you can ask if he can spend the vacations with you.
It seems such a fantastic dog

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

Thanks, everyone! Buddy was so happy to see his owners, so that makes me feel a lot better about the whole thing. We still have no idea where the dog biscuits came from or who was in front of our house that morning. The biscuits may have come from our garbage men- they picked up our trash on the same morning that the dog arrived. Perhaps just an odd coincidence?

@Anonymous- my husband and I both grew up in this general area, so we're used to not being able to go outside during hunting seasons. Our neighbor, who was NOT the one who shot through our house, is a farmer and has a year-round permit in order to protect his animals. That could be the case in your area too- you could call your local game warden to find out more. Best of luck!

:) Abbey

Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves said...

He is lovely welcoming my first rescue dog into my home opened up my heart to dogs and love like nothing else I have enjoyed so my doggie happiness since

Nicolette xo

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