Last night my DH was walking home from services and passed by the synagogue a friend goes to and they bumped into each other and started walking home together - the other man's home is along the way to our place. Shortly after they started walking a dog started following them. The dog was limping - it didn't seem bloody or anything...they assumed it had maybe been hit by a car. It limped along behind them all the way to where they parted company - then continued to follow the other man.
It was definitely a stray...no tags, no collar....looked like most of the strays around town.
After dinner, DH, DD#3, and I headed over to the other man's house - he had said we should come by if we were up to it later in the evening...so we did. As we got close to their house, we saw the dog - laying outside our friend's door. It moved, we went inside, and told them that the dog was there. Feeling bad for it, our friend went out and gave the dog something to eat. Our daughter was heading out and when she went to leave, the dog was still there -- it had been laying against the door and when she opened the door, the dog fell/rolled inside their house! Though it immediately went back outside as she left.
A few hours later, DH and I were leaving - the dog was STILL THERE! But, as we left - it started following us! It was limping along. We live up hill - a pretty steep hill - from our friends. I kept trying to get the dog to stay behind...but it kept following us. It was not afraid of people either - it was walking right on our heels! I miss stepped on the uneven sidewalk along the way and the dog was so close behind it actually bumped into me!
About halfway to our place there was a stray cat on the sidewalk about 40 feet away. The dog took off at a sprint and chased the cat for a bit. Then it jogged back toward us until it was almost next to us and then it started limping again! LOL! What a SMART DOG -- limping around until people feel badly for it and feed it. I assume it WAS injured at some point and it might even really have a stiff leg/limp...but it also can, obviously, get around well.
I was telling another woman about what happened this morning - she asked me if it was a small, brown dog with no tail. Apparently, this dog has been pulling this same stunt for TWO YEARS now. This woman lives in a neighborhood nearby and the dog was there until recently. Like I said....SMART DOG!