New neighbors moved in next door about 6 months ago. They have a little black dog named Maggie. She has very long hair that's not really curly, but not really straight either. She has only one eye, and the hair on her head (very long) grows in such a way that it covers the bad eye, so for the longest time, I didn't realize she only had one eye. It's very clever the way nature works, isn't it?
So Maggie is the world's greatest escape artist. They (her owners) put her out in their backyard during the day, and she has dug a hole under their fence and she gets out. She's an extremely friendly dog. She runs all over the place, across the street, in and out of people's garages, generally making herself a nuisance. I have a real soft spot for Maggie, for some reason. I don't even like dogs, but Maggie tugs at my heartstrings and I don't know why. My dd just loves her too. Even my dh has a warm spot for Maggie. It's very strange.
I have rescued Maggie more times than I can remember. When the weather was good, I'd put her in our backyard (where she couldn't escape) until her owners got home, and then I'd take her home. It's gotten to the point that neighbors who find her wandering about will bring her back to my house when they find her. They think she's my dog, I guess. I always tell them she belongs to the neighbors, but they're never home, and no one wants her to get hit by a car or hurt in some other way. It's not safe for a dog to run around. That's why I always try to take her home or keep her safe when I find that she's escaped her yard. She always comes running when she sees me outside.
Usually she's such a mess when I find her that I can hardly pick her up. She's got very long hair, and some of it is matted, and it's always wet and caked with mud. And she's so excited when I see her that she jumps on me and she's got toenails that have grown so long and sharp that she has scratched me.
This dogs needs a serious grooming.
Maggie's owner's son and his girlfriend live in the house too. They have a 4 month old baby. I'm guessing the baby's mom doesn't want a dirty stinky dog in the house with her baby, so she puts her outside all the time. Well, surprise! That's why Maggie is wet and dirty. They say they've tried to repair the spot in the fence where Maggie gets out, but obviously they haven't. I open their gate and put Maggie back in their yard, and 30 seconds later she's at my door again.
This morning I took Maggie home and rang their doorbell, but no one is home. She won't stay in her backyard (tried that twice). Finally, I brought her inside my house and gave her a bath so she could stay inside with me. She was ravenous and devoured all my cat's food in 2 seconds, so I gave her another little can and that was gone in 2 seconds. She was very hungry and thirsty. I think she may have been out all night.
I have a friend who is a professional dog groomer. Maggie needs her hair cut around her feet (it's so long you can't see her toes and it drags in the mud), and she needs her nails trimmed desperately. I'm wondering if it would be totally out of line for me to ask my friend to groom Maggie, then take her home and tell them she's all clean and trimmed up, so they don't have to keep her in the backyard anymore.
How rude would it be for me to do this? I want Maggie to stay home with her family, but I suspect that her current condition prevents her owners from wanting her inside, and they're too neglectful or lazy to take her to the groomers themselves. Or maybe they can't afford it. I don't know.
What do you think?