Having finished the final pass at Maggie on Thursday, I took the weekend off to play Satisfactory, an old favorite game. I had my phone on silent while playing. I walked away to get some evening decaff and when I came back, I saw Kid 2 called. I checked the family group chat.
Kid 2 is in grey and Kid 1 is in green.
Something Bad™ happened.
How it started:
How it was going:
How it ended up:
Jeaniene, if you are reading this, no, we did not keep the puppy. Stop laughing.
The backstory: Kid 2 went to a gas station. It was very cold by Texas standards and as she exited the car, a young dog ran up to her. He was very thin and very friendly. Given that she has two giant German Shepherds, she wasn’t sure what to do, so she went to buy some dog food at the gas station.
She bought the food, then realized that she didn’t have a can opener. She went to her car to get her knife with a can opener out, and the puppy, who by that point figured her out, jumped into the car.
The puppy was taken home, fed, watered, and his portrait was posted on every local Lost and Found Dog page and group. He is actually a puppy – he still has milk teeth. Kid 2 quickly found out that this guy is a part of a larger litter, that was had by a feral mama dog at the junkyard. During New Year fireworks, some puppies got scared and scattered, and not all of them were able to find their way back.
Notice how interesting he looks? Seems a little odd. No forehead ridge – an eyebrow muscle seems to be missing. This one is still a puppy, but you can see how his head is about as wide as his chest. And his ears are trying to stand up.
That is an American Dingo.
Dingos are typically associated with Australia, but US has them too, specifically in the South. They are often called Carolina Dogs, and they are genetically distinct from the common domestic dog breeds. American kennel clubs recognize them as a rare ancient breed. They are typically found feral in the wild. One of this guy’s siblings had been caught and taken to the vet, where his origin was confirmed.
Some fun facts about American Dingos:
- Excellent diggers
- Webbed feet
- Very pack-oriented
- Very good hunters
- Incredibly sweet
- Cute eyeliner of black skin around the eyes
- Fish-hook tail
I’ve never seen one caught running wild that was so on point for the breed. They are not common to our area, so his mother might have been someone’s pet. When this little guy grows into his big paws, he will look like this.
This guy was adorable, but because of the two shepherds, Kid 2 had to find a home ASAP, and one of her neighbors, a very nice lady named Debby about my age, took him home. He is out of the cold, fed, watered, and I have a feeling he will be very loved. Many thanks to Debby.
Kid 2 has notified animal control of the junkyard location, so if you are in Austin area and are looking to add a dingo to your household, keep an eye on San Marcos Animal Shelter.
To learn more about Carolina Dogs, click here.
If Kid 2 finds another one, I am taking it. I need that much canine love in my life. That’s all there is to it.