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Posted on Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 2:01 p.m.

Missing a puppy? Ann Arbor man hopes to find cute Dachshund's owner

By Cindy Heflin

If you are missing a very cute Dachshund puppy, Mike Jennings wants to talk to you.

Jennings picked up the puppy about 9:30 this morning in a parking lot at the Ann Arbor apartment complex on Catherine Street where he works.


Mike Jennings found this Dachshund puppy curled up in the snow this morning.

“He was curled up in a little tight ball like he was freezing in the snow,” Jennings said. The puppy was shivering but warmed up after about 20 minutes and is now safely ensconced at the home of Jennings' mother, who is a teacher in Ann Arbor and is home during the school break this week.

She has other Dachshunds and he said this one looks to be a purebred puppy.

Jennings said he posted something on the lost pet forum at the website of the Humane Society of Huron Valley and hopes the pup’s owner will contact him at 734-323-7152. He also plans to take the puppy to his veterinarian to see if it has a microchip for identification.

If he doesn’t find the owner, he’s not sure what he will do, but knows of one possibility.

“I think my mother would like to have him. She saw him and just fell in love. She thought I was bringing her a puppy for Christmas or something.”


jim ralston

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 1:49 p.m.

If not claimed I will take the pup. I lost my dog,(Rodney). I live alone and miss the company of a pet.

J. A. Pieper

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 4:49 p.m.

Call Mr. Jennings, let him know. I am guessing the real owner hasn't opened up to him yet, nothing posted to indicate that.


Wed, Jan 4, 2012 : 2:48 p.m.

Thank you for rescuing the puppy.


Wed, Jan 4, 2012 : 1:03 p.m.

Our neighborhood children found a beautiful mix black dog and no one came forward to claim her. We got her cleaned up and took her to the vet to find she had indeed a chip. The people who came to claim her at the vet never thanked us and told the receptionist to give us this message. Mind your own business next time. I found this to be an insult since we took in the fur baby in when no one else would. This was three years ago last September. We ended up adopting a rescue a month later. I hope the people who lost this puppy do thank you and are not as indignant as the people were to us. Good for you to rescue this fur baby before she froze in this single digit temps. Hugs.


Wed, Jan 4, 2012 : 2:50 p.m.

Those people don't deserve a pet.


Wed, Jan 4, 2012 : 11:25 a.m.

The puppy seems very small to have wandered away on its own. I have small dogs, they dislike the snow and cold so much I have to force them out. This poor puppy. Very glad he was taken in. I'd adopt him in a heartbeat.


Wed, Jan 4, 2012 : 1:04 p.m.

I have to laugh at this comment. We have a Chihuahua who hates the cold and we have to stand outside to watch her do biz or else she will do it in the house.


Wed, Jan 4, 2012 : 2:09 a.m.

Try looking on craigslist. That's where I found the owner of a lost kitty cat a while ago. I'd never post the age or sex of the animal to make sure the person who claimed them is the right one. All worked out for me and the cat. She got to go home!


Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 11:15 p.m.

Man, it sure seems like an incredible amount of gun jumping to assume the owner is completely incompetent. No one on here has ever lost track of a pet for even a few moments? Guest came over and left the door open? Pet got excited and did a surprising struggle out of the leash? Found a way out when you were pretty sure there was no way? I mean, I've seen kids get lost at stores and fairs and things too; should have shot them straight to social services and sterilized the parents. Look, I agree if it was left out on purpose or the owner was directly responsible for losing it through sheer negligence and gave up on it with no search effort, it should go to a bettter home. Lots of people are poor at caring for things. I'm just saying I wouldn't go from hearing that an animal was found to "Don't give it to whoever had it!!" I mean, c'mon. What if the owner's out there panicked and still desperately searching? There's a big rant right on the same front page about the whole "innocent til proven guilty" thing, but it seems to not apply to cute puppies. Sheesh.

Ann English

Wed, Jan 4, 2012 : 11:31 p.m.

A small dog getting lost in an urban area? It sounds like something that should happen far more often than it does. There, a small dog that's loose is far more likely to get run over than a large dog in the country. I trust that every urban dog owner teaches their dogs not to chase cars. Years ago, I once saw a large dog in one of South Main Street's intersections, most likely Liberty. He held up traffic until he decided where he wanted to go, and left the intersection. Nobody honked at him or hit him.


Wed, Jan 4, 2012 : 6:16 p.m.

Polish Baby, stop having litters. There are enough unwanted dogs in this world.

Polish Baby

Wed, Jan 4, 2012 : 4:40 a.m.

I agree with you, and disagree with justcurious. You don't know the circumstances of what happened. I own several dogs and have had 3 litters, and I know how quickly a dog, or puppy, can run. If such a small dog ran away in these temps, he would be affected by the cold very quickly and was likely suffering from hypothermia. Don't jump to conclusions without knowing all the facts.


Wed, Jan 4, 2012 : 12:12 a.m.

Sorry, I disagree, he found him curled in the snow. No responsible owner would have let him out of their sight long enough for that to happen.

UM Rocks

Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 11:12 p.m.

We got our papillion because a friend of our's neighbor up and moved away without her. He found her wandering in his yard in early December when it was really cold. She only weighed 8 lbs. She would have died. We were so happy when she didn't have a chip. Don't understand people that can just leave little defenseless animals to fend for themselves. Neighbors even came back to get more stuff from the house and didn't check with anyone about her whereabouts!! I hope Mrs. Jennings gets to keep him!!

Ann English

Wed, Jan 4, 2012 : 11:21 p.m.

Defenseless pets were left to fend for themselves after their owners moved away after Hurricane Katrina, but it's warm in New Orleans; it's far less excusable up here.


Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 10:24 p.m.

Don't give it to anyone that claims to be owner! Owner is not responsible. Find some one you know that is trustworthy. ...and don't name him Snowball!

J. A. Pieper

Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 10:21 p.m.

I am of the belief that no person should have the right to this puppy if it was left outside on the coldest morning of the winter season. If the puppy got loose by accident or something, that is different, but otherwise... Those of us who love our pets, we watch very carefully when they are outside these days, just to make sure they are okay. Hopefully, this situation will work out in the puppy's best interest!

Momma G

Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 10:16 p.m.

Good job Mike! I agree with ypsicat but there is NO excuse for leaving a puppy out in single digit weather. At least older dogs know when to come in from the cold but puppies, I don't think so!


Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 10:05 p.m.

First of all, they should never give a picture of a lost dog, because now you can't get proof of ownership. Now someone can claim it and sell it. Shame on who ever decided to place the pic.


Wed, Jan 4, 2012 : 5:26 a.m.

Perhaps a picture of the owner with the pup could suffice? I mean I know these types of dogs look similar but a picture with whoever claims to be the owner would be better than nothing.


Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 9:25 p.m.

There is no way that I would be looking for the owner of this puppy. I can think of no reasonable excuse for someone to have misplaced it. He deserves a better home.

J. A. Pieper

Wed, Jan 4, 2012 : 1:20 a.m.

Thanks for your support! As an animal lover/owner, outside in this weather, curled up in the snow is just unacceptable. Hey, Mr. Jennings didn't have to post anything on, he is giving this pet owner another chance.


Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 9:18 p.m.

Good on you, Mr. Jennings! I am glad the puppy is safe!

M Brown

Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 9:01 p.m.

I agree with ypsicat. Anybody who would lose track of a puppy in any kind of weather gives up the right to be a pet owner. I hope that Mr. Jenning's mother gets to add one more to her brood.


Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 8:17 p.m.

Awww poor doggie

Guinea Pig in a Tophat

Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 8 p.m.

Thank you Mike Jennings for saving that sweet little pup!


Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 7:57 p.m.

If I were Mr. Jennings' mother and the puppy's owner came forward to claim him, they would need to have a very good excuse for how this poor tiny creature was left out in single digit weather.