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Prospect Park’s ‘Ghost Dog’ finally captured after four years of feral survival
NYP ^ | May 27, 2012 | SARA STEWART

Posted on 05/27/2012 12:46:52 PM PDT by Daffynition

’Tis no legend — the beast is real!

For four years, a hulking brown and black mastiff has been living on the lam in the woods of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, regularly glimpsed by visitors, but melting away whenever officials were called — earning him the nickname “Ghost Dog.”

Until now. Sean Casey, owner of a Kensington animal shelter, finally apprehended the gentle giant this month: “I think he was ready to come in,” he says, adding that Ghost Dog had been acting differently over the past two weeks, limping noticeably and lying down out in the open.

Until that point, the dog — an Italian breed of mastiff called a Cane Corso — had been a low priority.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: dog; doggieping
Some happy news, for a change.


1 posted on 05/27/2012 12:47:02 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

2 posted on 05/27/2012 12:51:05 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Video by Arielle Apfel: a short documentary about the *Ghost Dog of Prospect Park*: "Roaming WIld "
3 posted on 05/27/2012 12:59:43 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition
Cane Corso. A BIG dog!

They are known for a gentle disposition.

4 posted on 05/27/2012 1:11:05 PM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: upchuck

A lot heavier than my Great Dane, just about as long, but nowhere nearly as tall. Looks like their dispositions are pretty similar.


5 posted on 05/27/2012 1:28:59 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: upchuck

Yes they are, but they slobber all over everything. Not a good house dog.


6 posted on 05/27/2012 1:36:02 PM PDT by Spunky
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To: Daffynition
"Ghost Dog"?

Forrest Whittaker has really come down in the world.

7 posted on 05/27/2012 1:41:32 PM PDT by x
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To: Daffynition

This is the same breed that attacked the woman in San Fran, years ago.

However, I think, like most breeds, they are the animals they are trained to be.

I would take that dog in a heartbeat!


8 posted on 05/27/2012 1:50:29 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Be yourself. Everyone else is taken!)
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To: Spunky
Not a good house dog

Depends on your tolerance for doggy idiosyncrasies...

9 posted on 05/27/2012 1:52:28 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Be yourself. Everyone else is taken!)
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To: upchuck

How much do they weigh?


10 posted on 05/27/2012 2:14:58 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Monkey Face

You’re thinking of a Presa Canario, very similar looking.


11 posted on 05/27/2012 2:18:43 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Daffynition

Thank you for posting this sweet story with I think it is going to have a happy ending.....


12 posted on 05/27/2012 2:18:55 PM PDT by Kimmers (Fair isn't everybody getting the same thing, fair is getting what you need to be successful)
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To: Daffynition

I hope they find a good home for it.


13 posted on 05/27/2012 2:32:00 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Around 100 pounds, females, 90 pounds.


14 posted on 05/27/2012 3:32:11 PM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: upchuck

“Around 100 pounds, females, 90 pounds.”

Oh! That’s not so big! My Briard was 140. I’m 6’2” tall, and he would put his front paws on my shoulders, and look me straight in the eye! Wonderful breed!


15 posted on 05/27/2012 4:18:30 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Daffynition

For being “on the lam” for four years, he sure looks pretty healthy.


16 posted on 05/27/2012 4:26:00 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: Spunky
but they slobber all over everything.

LOL! Now that you mention it, look at the guy's pants leg in the photo!

17 posted on 05/27/2012 4:27:43 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: 2111USMC
There is a Sheltie locally that was in a similar situation for years. Nicknamed “Shelley” because she was most frequently sighted at a Shell gas station on the edge of town, she had people putting food and water out for her all over. Nobody could catch her, not animal control nor animal loving private individuals. She “ turned herself in” after injuring a foot, just came right up to a person who had been leaving food one day. She ended up at a no kill shelter for rehabilitation and was adopted by one of her fans.
18 posted on 05/27/2012 4:34:33 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: 2111USMC

Thge Gothamist had a short story about him:

>>Ghost Dog had been allowed to stay in the park because he had never posed a threat to any parkgoers. “We realized early on that he wasn’t posing a threat to anyone, so what we’ve done for the past two years is track him,” Casey told the Post. “He was smart. He had a schedule. He had about 12 people a day feeding him.” He was also friendly with many of the other dogs who frequented the park, often coming out to play with them.<<

Seems he tried to *befriend* other dogs in the park....and appers that he wanted to be part of a pack....hope that comes to be and his forever owners will treat him well.


19 posted on 05/27/2012 4:35:20 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Monkey Face

20 posted on 05/27/2012 4:37:21 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Monkey Face

Actually, no. The dogs that attacked the woman in San Francisco were crosses bertween a Presa Canario [Canary Island dog] and English Mastiffs.


21 posted on 05/27/2012 7:18:37 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: blam; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Daffynition.


22 posted on 05/27/2012 7:52:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Daffynition

Handsome brindle boy. I hope he finds a great forever home.


23 posted on 05/28/2012 12:04:14 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: PzLdr

Ah. Thanks. Shows how much you can trust the media to get facts straight, eh? ;o]


24 posted on 05/28/2012 6:37:07 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Be yourself. Everyone else is taken!)
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To: Daffynition

Awwww....thanks. ;o]


25 posted on 05/28/2012 6:38:38 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Be yourself. Everyone else is taken!)
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To: Daffynition

Yep, found him.

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

26 posted on 05/28/2012 6:41:00 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Thanks.... I wasn’t aware of that film or story. *Art imitating life*. :)


27 posted on 05/28/2012 7:03:50 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

Never saw it...couldn’t get past the title or the ludicrous premise.


28 posted on 05/28/2012 7:06:05 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Spunky

I like dogs that slobber all over everything. They show up people who think they are better than anybody else.

As a matter of fact, I like nearly any dog.


29 posted on 05/28/2012 8:12:23 PM PDT by ZULU (Non Nobis Domine Non Nobis Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam.)
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To: ZULU

Is that Hooch? ... HOOCH!


30 posted on 05/28/2012 8:17:23 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: MHGinTN

You must be one of those high faluting folks who think a little dog slobber is offensive. I bet you even resent some dog hairs on your upholstery!!

:)


31 posted on 05/28/2012 8:47:41 PM PDT by ZULU (Non Nobis Domine Non Nobis Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam.)
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To: ZULU

I’m a Tom Hanks movie fan ...


32 posted on 05/29/2012 6:28:58 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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