so now we have a little crate set up out in the shop, and we'll be going out for walkies before bed.
wish me luck with this! I love dogs, but we really are full up with the 4 cats right now...
 so I went out with a leash to take him out for walkies and he absolutely cowered in the crate, not wanting to come out at all. I got him out and just held him on my lap for a while. he calmed down and snuggled into my lap. this doggy is totally used to people, and if he was abandoned rather than lost, his former owners are FOOLS, because he is so sweet, calm and well behaved! so I never made him go outside, I figure he can make it til morning and if not it's only an old towel and a chunk of fleece - but I bet you he makes it just fine. he seems really civilized.
we're going to make posters in the morning, and I bet his family will quickly claim him. I'll be sorry to see him go.