Lost-Pet Reunions: Guinness squeezes through the fence

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Guinness squeezes through the fence — by Anne in Renton, WA

German Shepherd

Guinness was returned home because of his microchip.

I came home from work at 6 p.m. to find my dog was missing. He had squeezed out through a weak spot in the fence and run away. A neighbor said they had heard a loud thunderclap at around 2:30 that same afternoon. I think the noise spooked my dog and he took off.I drove around the neighborhood, stopping at random houses and asking if anyone had seen my dog. A kind neighbor helped me out by driving around and asking, too.

I put an ad on Craigslist. I made a “lost dog” poster to hang up around the neighborhood, but by then it was too dark to put them up. I left a message with Renton Animal Control, but was worried because of the long holiday weekend. I was afraid I wouldn’t hear from them until Tuesday and that by then it would be too late. I called the police to file a report but they told me to wait until the next day.

The very last thing I did last night was contact HomeAgain. My neighbor had given me the dog 2 years ago and said he had a microchip, but I hadn’t renewed it. I thought the city license tag was enough. I paid the $17.99 and the woman at HomeAgain said they would fax their own “lost dog” poster to every vet, animal hospital, and shelter within 25 miles.

By the time I went to sleep last night, I was both exhausted and troubled. I worried about how my little guy was going to make it through the night and I feared the worst.

This morning I was awoken at 7:30 a.m. by my ringing cell phone. It was the Renton Veterinary Hospital. They said a man had taken his dog to the dog park by the Cedar River trail at around 7am and spotted my dog. This is the same park I take my dog to and somehow he found it even though it’s 2.5 miles from my house! The man was able to coax my dog into his car and drove him straight to the vet hospital.

The vet technician said that at the same time they received the faxed “lost pet” poster from HomeAgain. She recognized my dog and called me immediately. She reported that Guinness looked tired but had no apparent injuries.

An hour later when the vet hospital opened, I was reunited with Guinness! This ordeal lasted less than 24 hours because of HomeAgain. You have no idea how grateful I am for your service. I will definitely renew it when it expires next year.

Deepest heartfelt thanks from me and a hearty “ruff-ruff” from Guinness.

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