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This is a question Tightwads

There's saving money, and there's being tight: saving money at the expense of other people, or simply for the miserly hell of it.

Tell us about measures that go beyond simple belt tightening into the realms of Mr Scrooge.

(, Thu 23 Oct 2008, 13:58)
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In unrelated news, my dog, who featured on the Best page of the Stalked QOTW has been missing since thursday. :(

I have a tight feeling in my chest about this, which is as relevant a link as you are going to get.

Edited due to huge picture size, sorry.
(, Tue 28 Oct 2008, 17:00, 22 replies)
really sorry to hear this
Have your tried the local vets? They may have been informed if he has been picked up

I know how I'd feel if I lost my two...
(, Tue 28 Oct 2008, 17:16, closed)
You could try the local council roads department in case, y'know.
They keep a record of domestic animals found dead in the street. At least you'd be able to rule that out.

I really hope you find your dog. You must be frantic with worry. I keep dogs and daren't imagine how awful you must be feeling.
(, Tue 28 Oct 2008, 17:24, closed)
Hope you find him/her
is your dog micro chipped? Also - whereabouts in the UK are you? Gaz me - might be able to help
(, Tue 28 Oct 2008, 17:29, closed)
Hope your puppy comes back soon. When our cat went missing we put up posters in the neighbourhood with his picture on them. Our neighbours were great, helped in the search, and helped find him eventually; alive! Posters really help.
(, Tue 28 Oct 2008, 17:34, closed)
Poor little thing
Here's hoping that you find her safe and well.

*edited for gender*
(, Tue 28 Oct 2008, 17:42, closed)
Thanks for the support.
I live in France though, so there is little in the way of official options plus the area I live in is populated by asshole farmers and hunters who have little regard for animal life.

She is quite heavily pregnant too. My only hope is that she has hidden herself away somewhere to have her puppies alone, and will come back. A few people have suggested this may be the case, but they also say she should have returned for food long before now.
(, Tue 28 Oct 2008, 17:51, closed)
Poor girl!
We will keep our "paws crossed" for you for her safe return...hopefully with puppies in tow.
(, Tue 28 Oct 2008, 18:00, closed)
Not always
Bitches can go a long time without food when they can't leave their puppies.
Are there any logical places to beat the bushes and call for her?

Got my fingers crossed for you and her. I'd die without my Middie.
(, Tue 28 Oct 2008, 23:56, closed)
this is NOT a joke suggestion:
Have you considered borrowing and using another dog to find her?

I know dogs don't instinctively know how to follow a scent trail, they need to be trained; but you might get lucky.

I figure that since they're always into sniffing each other and have a good sense of smell, there's a fair chance of success (Use her basket/blanket for a sample perhaps).

(edit: Those very same hunters might be a solution, probably having tracking-trained dogs; maybe ask to hire their services?)
(, Wed 29 Oct 2008, 1:24, closed)
6 days after going missin, she turned up at the door this morning. thin as a rake and manky, but warm and dry. She woofed down a load of food and left. I followed har about 1/4mile through woodland to a hole in a bank where she disappeared inside.
Rubbish phone pic with torch as a flash...

I counted at least 6 puppies.

(, Wed 29 Oct 2008, 9:37, closed)
hooray for you
glad she's safe
(, Wed 29 Oct 2008, 10:01, closed)
happy ending! *glee*
(, Wed 29 Oct 2008, 10:12, closed)
I'm glad she's ok.

You know that you're going to have to post lots of photos of the little buggers, right? It's our fair due.
(, Wed 29 Oct 2008, 10:32, closed)
I'm almost crying! It's so sweet.
(, Wed 29 Oct 2008, 11:38, closed)
yay :)
Happy ending ftw
(, Wed 29 Oct 2008, 12:43, closed)
Much happy applause!

Do you have names for them all yet? I would imagine many appropriate ones could be gleaned from B3ta with very little effort!
(, Wed 29 Oct 2008, 13:03, closed)
I'm trying really hard not to care
But can't. Happy ending! :)
(, Wed 29 Oct 2008, 15:33, closed)
*punches air*

It's nice to have a story with a very happy ending.

I'm genuinely chuffed to bits for you!

(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 10:32, closed)
Brilliant news!
Congratulations...you're a dad! Great news on finding your doggie and her new pups. Sigh of collective relief from B3tans.
(, Wed 29 Oct 2008, 18:25, closed)
Isn't he technically a granddad?
(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 10:32, closed)
CAUTION - Newborn fluff.

After a fruitless afternoon spent lying in mud trying to coax her out again, I was set to give up for the day and returned to the house.
Surprisingly, she turned up at the door a few minutes later, so I shut her inside and dashed back to the hole with my improvised puppy-catcher - A garden hoe with some cloth wrapped round the end. I scooped the little ones out of their den and brought them into the house, where she lifted them out the box and into the nestbox I made for her.
All seem settled and happy enough.
The photos I took arent the best quality, as she is a little nervous about me handling them, so I just left her in peace.
There are 9 pups, a mix of black-and-white and black-and-tan.
some more pix here...

(, Wed 29 Oct 2008, 19:07, closed)
I was checking this post every few hours, hoping for good news.

I'll spare you the details; but you've gone and brought a little bit of sunshine into my life, for which I thank you.
(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 2:26, closed)

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