GRIFFITH | Andrea Kutzko noticed a stray dog running near Griffith’s Central Park on her way home from work during a blizzard two weeks ago.
Kutzko, who works at PetSmart in Schererville, stopped her car and tried offering the dog treats.
He devoured all the treats she threw at him, but when she ran out, he lost interest.
She didn’t want to leave the dog in the snow and bitter cold, so she began to run.
“As many dog owners know, the best way to get your loose dog to follow you is to run in the opposite direction,” she said.
The dog followed Kutzko to her home a few blocks away, and she and her husband, Nick, put him in their garage.
Because they have a dog of their own, and because the found dog has some behavior issues, they are keeping the dog in their garage until they can find him a permanent home.
The pooch, whom they have named Buddy, appears to be a young pit bull and terrier mix. He weighs about 70 pounds and has one brown eye and one blue eye.
“This is the kind of dog you’d love to do a DNA test on to see what exactly is in there,” she said. “He is a true mutt.”
Kutzko has set up a Facebook page, Buddy and the Blizzard, in hope of trying to find him a permanent home. She has worked with the Lake County Animal Control office and with the Treasured Friends rescue, but both organizations said they were operating at capacity.
So the couple bought a space heater for the garage and set him up with a bed there. They are helping Buddy work with an animal trainer and are planning on taking him to the vet to be neutered.
Kutzko knows keeping him in the garage is less than ideal but doesn’t want to bring him into the house because of her other dog.
“I’m not going to let him be euthanized,” she said.
Kutzko said Buddy would be a good dog for someone with no dogs or children who is experienced being around animals. Anyone interested in adopting Buddy should contact Kutzko via the dog’s Facebook page.
“He has some issues, but he is improving day by day,” she said. “He has blossomed in the almost two weeks we’ve had him and is picking up on things really quickly. I have a lot of hope for him.”