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Jungo Rd Winnemucca NV2131a

Jungo Rd Winnemucca NV2131a
Along Jungo road, a graded gravel road that runs west from Winnemucca towards Gerlach.

In a stretch that was many miles from any structures, I came across the surprising pack of dogs. There was no sign of habitation nearby that would indicate why they were there, but they seemed to be too groomed to be simply abandoned. On the other hand, some were sleeping around the cow carcass, and when I stopped to take pictures they came at the car very aggressively.

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Clint
Clint
The other dogs, I could buy as strays living off the desert, but this one looks too well cared-for to me.
18 months ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to Clint
The mystery put somewhat of a shadow over that day's exploring. They looked so healthy it was hard not to assume that they were very recently abandoned.
18 months ago.
Meadowmom
Meadowmom
Abandonment, perhaps, but I live in a village on the edge of cattle grazing land, and people’s darling dogs who have transformed into the pack mode can travel together ten miles or more.
18 months ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to Meadowmom
You're right, I'd completely forgotten about how that happens. There are ranches within a few miles, so that could be the case here.
18 months ago.
Clint has replied to Don Barrett (aka DBs…
This reminds me of a a big black Labrador that belonged for a while to the father of my college girlfriend. They lived way out in the middle of the knobs next to fields that periodically got buzzed by National Guard helicopters looking for "crop irregularities," and there was a band of roaming dogs we all assumed were associated with those irregularities. At some point, the Lab decided he didn't like hanging around with the family and decided he still had oats to sow, so he took off with the wandering pack and never looked back. My girlfriend's father said he saw the dog from time to time along the road, and he'd try to call to it. The dog would look at him for a while, and the man swore he saw the dog laugh, then take off back into the woods.
18 months ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to Clint
So, when he chewed grass, it wasn't the type you mow?
18 months ago.
Doug Wall
Doug Wall
In certain areas of England it was, and sadly still is, common practice for people to abandon their dogs in the run up to summer holidays, rather than pay for them to be cared for. I used to see many such dogs left at the canal side when most of my summers were spent on water. Some were so desperate for companionship, it was very sad at times. I had my own two dogs on the boat, otherwise I think I would have adopted some. In fact I felt so bad about one particular dog that I turned the boat around after a mile or so, but didn't see him again. Probably just as well....
18 months ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to Doug Wall
I hadn't heard of that particular phenomenon happening here, but there were lots of abandoned pets when the economy turned sour in 2008. Dogs and I don't get along for some reason (probably because cats like me). In any case, cats find me easy and thus I get approached by them fairly often. I do care when I see a dog in distress and will do what I can to protect it, but won't approach it -- I call someone from animal control.
18 months ago.
slgwv
slgwv
Animal abandonment has been a big problem, particularly (as Don notes) when the economy turns south. There are (utterly unenforceable) laws against it--you see a sign to that effect on crossing into California northbound on US 395. And it's so unnecessary, because there are lots of breed-rescue organizations out there now. All three of our dogs are rescues, adopted from a local rescue society. A few years back, there was a note at our local convenience store about 2 "lost" dogs--I heard about them because they looked like our dogs (Aussie shepherds). I called the number on the notice to say PLEASE don't turn them over to the pound--give them to the rescue society. Fortunately the woman who answered already knew about the rescue society and had taken them there. She'd had them ten(!) days already--they clearly had been dumped.

And Don, it's not just "cats vs. dogs"--we have a cat too, one of many we've had over the years! (She thinks she's the superior being.) It's surprising how many pet owners have cats _and_ dogs.

And Doug, how awful that people would ditch their pets so casually!
18 months ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to slgwv
slgwv... It's not the animals, it's me... I see cats and dogs get along fine, but there's something about how I move (or smell) that gets dogs stirred up. Hiking, I'm the one that the "he doesn't bite dog" starts growing at and making threatening moves :)
18 months ago.