Thursday, March 4, 2010

On the subject of stray dogs

In yesterday's post someone posted in the comments about their concerns of the amount of stray animals that South Nashville has. There is no denying that we have a problem. I know of at least 2 people who have been bitten. Unfortunately, atleast on my street, I don't think the roving dogs I see are even strays. I think they belong to irresponsible owners who don't understand the importance of a fencing in their animals.

On a positive note, one of these strays did become a member of our family. Marvin came to me one day when I was taking out the trash just a few months after we bought our house in 2007. He was skin and bones (hence the name Starvin' Marvin) and oh so sweet and I didn't have it in me to leave him out there. So in he came and he fit right in with our little mini family.

So I had to share this video with you. Marvin is the yellow one on the left. The little brown one is Eli (we like to think that our dogs are Jewish).


  1. I think one of the strangest things about the stray dogs I see in this area is that they are accustomed to walking on the sidewalk. So, for me to stand on my front porch and watch a dog with no identification, collars or tags, otherwise, walk down the sidewalk for a half a mile without stopping, it is almost sureal. I know for a fact that there are also pitbulls that are not fenced by their owners in this neighborhood. If I see the dog out again, I will call animal control. Sadly, Animal Control only works Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and Metro Police will have nothing to do with it. Is there an ASPCA office here?

  2. I wish we had an SPCA here. The Humane Society is pretty great, but they don't do pick ups.

    We've tried to get a rep from Animal Control to come to our community meetings, but they're usually a no show.