The Dog Stood Guard Over Him All Week

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The Dog Stood Guard Over Him All Week


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We had a very sad situation in Alvin on Friday. My surrounding neighbors, John, and I have been taking care of a homeless little old man for about three years. We all fed him and his dog.


Each day he would walk to the convenient store a little ways from our home and sit there all day. My husband and I always made sure he had something hot or cold to drink depending on the weather; and we gave him a few bucks to get what ever he needed in between donations of sandwiches and burritos. This guy never asked for money or food. He never held up a sign, he just sat there never saying much.


Last year while crossing the street he got stuck by a car and was out of commission for a while. I guess his family took him in during his recuperation. After awhile he showed up again pushing a wheel chair and we all started caring for him again. Everyone made sure he was okay. 


Over a week ago we noticed he was missing and we wondered where he had gone off too. Everyone was asking for him. Every once and awhile his family would come pick him up and try to get him to stay with them.  That never worked out, he was just happy to live in a very large wooded area. In any case I thought he was with his family again.


Unfortunately, that was not the case... he passed away and his dog stood guard over his body only leaving to eat and drink. The whole community is upset. I don't have the whole story yet; but I am thinking a missing person report was filed and they had to wait for a week before they could go searching for him. Some of the guys I know in PD told me that the dog watched over his body. I will go and ask about the dog today. My friend who works in the animal shelter will get a call from me. I just know many people will want to take the dog in now that his master is gone.


This is just a very sad story.


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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Sussie, it is a very sad story.  Thank you for helping to ensure that the precious dog is taken care of. May that man rest in peace.

Jan 25, 2015 10:50 PM #2
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

OhSussie,  Such a sad story, I feel bad for the gentleman and his dog, please find a good home for the dog.

Jan 25, 2015 11:29 PM #3
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Sussie, a sad story, indeed. As John Donne said, "....every man's death diminishes me..."

Jan 25, 2015 11:54 PM #4
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Sussie Sutton The homeless and destitute in society are faceless. Most people pass by, too rushed to be thankful for their bounty. Hopefully, someone will step foreard and reward the dog for its love to its master.

Jan 26, 2015 12:19 AM #5
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

Sussie it really is a very sad story.  I don't know what type of issues would cause someone to want to live outdoors and not with family but I hope the poor dog gets a forever home.

Jan 26, 2015 12:56 AM #6
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Victoria and Marshall Henderson.... yes I believe there are many people waiting in line for the dog.  I spoke with my animal control friend and she said that the dog will have to be fixed because she has had many puppies. She is also noted to be a runner and would not come close to anyone else. So they are setting a cage trapped for her.

Jan 26, 2015 09:50 AM #7
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Kathleen Daniels & Will Hamm.... yeah his dog will be taken care by someone but not sure. I have not seen the dog since Friday.  I thnk she has ran off looking for her owner.



Jan 26, 2015 09:52 AM #8
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Lottie Kendall... well I can only see some of the comments. I will have to wait until later to see if I can finally see the rest of them.

Jan 26, 2015 09:55 AM #9
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Sandy and Norm Padula... Yes there have been several offers to take care of the dog. 

Liz Wallace... sometimes depression can take over...other times it is other issues.

Jan 26, 2015 09:56 AM #10
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

You have given me the chills with this story. Please keep us updated. 

Jan 26, 2015 09:59 AM #11
Signature Properties of Vermont
Essex Junction, VT
Showing you the way home

So sorry to hear that, Sussie. The compassion you and your community members showed to him must have meant the world. What a wonderful reminder to brighten someone's day. Thank you for sharing. 

Jan 27, 2015 04:10 AM #12
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Debbie Laity.... will do.

Signatures.... there continues to be a lot of compassion. I saw that a cross with flowers and a teddy bear have been placed close to the road near the wooded location where he was found. 

Jan 28, 2015 08:45 AM #13
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

This reminds me of that movie called Hachi with Richard Gere. So sad.

Jan 28, 2015 09:35 AM #14
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Oh Sussi,

What a sad story.  You and your neighbors showed such compassion and I am sure the gentleman knew you cared.

Jan 28, 2015 10:02 AM #15
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Tammie White.... I don't think I have ever seen that movie! I think I will try and see it on line.

Lisa Von Domek... I can feel him asking me to please feed his dog. You can bet I will. I saw her today.... crossing the street on the hunt for food. So I will go over by where I think she will most likely return to and leave her some food there. I know the Animal Control people will be upset with me if they find out it is me who is doing it. 

Jan 28, 2015 10:22 AM #16
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

How sad, words are not enough for this story.....Endre

Jan 28, 2015 10:58 AM #17
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Sussie, my heart is breaking reading this and your subsequent blog about the dog on the run.  Please take great care of that wonderful, loving, giving dog. 

Jan 28, 2015 11:14 AM #18
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It is good that he had so many people and one special dog who cared enough to look out for him in his final months.


Jan 28, 2015 12:08 PM #19
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Sussie Sutton that is a tough story. Many tough burden have to be borne by many people. 

Feb 01, 2015 04:43 AM #20
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Wow what a sad story. I will read your updat and hope it's got a happy ending.

Feb 09, 2015 06:09 AM #21
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