Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bruce, service dog

Local Veteran Reunited With Missing Service Dog
By Geena Martinez, NewsWest 9
Posted: Jan 30, 2013

MIDLAND - The service dog for a local Afghanistan veteran who went missing earlier this month has been found. The dog was gone for more than three weeks and it's a homecoming miracle that no one could've predicted.
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"Overjoyed, just so happy that he's home," Teresa Tuttle, said.

Tuttle is speaking on behalf of a veteran named Brian.

On January 2nd, his dog Bruce got out of the backyard.

It happens all the time but for Brian, it was life changing.

He was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after serving in Afghanistan.

"When Brian starts to feel anxious or overwhelmed, Bruce is there just with a touch to help Brian focus on something other than the anxiety," Tuttle said. "The dog brings his blood pressure down."

Day after day, Teresa got calls about possible sightings of the four-legged friend.

"He'd get his hopes up and eventually I just stopped telling him about the calls because it was just too hard," Tuttle said. "It was never Bruce."

But on Tuesday, Brian had a surprise visitor when he got home from work.

"As he stepped out of the truck, Bruce came running from the other side of the car and jumped into his arms and cried and cried because he was home," Tuttle said. "They both cried, they were just so happy to have each other back."

26 days after Bruce first went missing, the curious canine found his way back home.

"He is 15 lbs lighter than he was," Tuttle said. "He has some damage to his paws, being out on the road for as long as he was. He's got some holes all the way through from thorns."

Bruce is recovering and Brian is rejoicing.

"He's seen the worst of humanity and he came back feeling, bringing a lot of that with him," Tuttle said. "He said up until the point when the dog went missing, he had lost hope in humanity and because of all the support and love from everyone, it has really given him his hope back."

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bowzer, bassett hound

Bowzer the Bassett Hound
Lynn Miraglia
January 29, 2013

Bowzer the basset hound went missing from his home on January 14th. Sadly, this happened on the day that a family member succumbed to an ongoing illness, so the family was preoccupied and grieving that loss when Bowzer slipped out.

It’s hard enough to find a lost dog under the best of circumstances;to have it happen at a time like that provided the family with an even bigger challenge to find Bowzer than if it happened when they were not dealing with that death in the family.

As it turned out, Bowzer was quickly found by two women in a white truck, near his home the very same day he went missing. They spoke with a neighbor of the family and asked who the dog belonged to. The neighbor pointed to Bowzer’s home. They knocked on the front door, but of course no one was home.

The women took the dog to the county shelter to check for a microchip, and they reported the dog as found. They took the dog with them, which is common operating procedure at most animal shelters. Found dogs are sometime fostered by the finder rather than left at the shelter when they come to file a found dog report.

Bowzer is much loved by his family, and when they arrived home and found out that he was gone, they set out to find their friend and family member. On January 25th, they finally saw the Found Dog report on the website, and obtained the contact info for one of the women that had picked up the dog.

The family began calling the finder, and initially got no answer. They found her on Facebook, and messaged her with a photo of Bowzer. After letting the family know that she had indeed rescued a dog, and acknowledging that it was the same dog, she stated that the dog’s condition – dirty, long nails, etc – led her to decide to adopt him out to a good family to take care of him. She refused to reveal where Bowzer was, and after that, she no longer responded to any calls or emails.

The family wisely realized that this was a matter for the local police, and they filed a report. We don’t know the details on what the officer said or did, but he did get the information on Bowzer’s location from the finder.

On January 28th, two weeks after he went missing, Bowzer was brought back home by the officer. The case was closed within hours of contacting the police.

Thanks to Brevard Lost Pets for submitting this story and photo.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pooka from Kentucky

Dog stolen from Kentucky found in New Mexico
Military family’s dog stolen in 2011
By Tanya Mendis
Jan 28, 2013

The dog, Pooka, was stolen out of the family’s backyard in 2011. Two weeks ago, Pooka showed up at a shelter in Espanola.

“Somebody saw her wandering and took her into the shelter,” Melanie Lopez said.

Lopez wound up taking Pooka in. It was her 29th foster dog.

After Pooka’s microchip was scanned and her owners were called, Lopez learned that Pooka had been stolen from Kentucky.

“It’s a really scary feeling. They're a part of your family, so it's like losing a child,” Lopez said.

On Wednesday, Pooka’s original owners will fly from Kentucky to Albuquerque to take her home again.

“It just shows that there's always hope. Even a year later, a year and a half later, you never know when your dog might show up,” Lopez said.

Pooka’s original owner, Mandy Smith, is able to fly to Albuquerque thanks to a local pet advocate who donated frequent flier miles.

Workers at the Espanola Valley Humane Society said Smith was thrilled when she heard Pooka was safe. Smith told them losing her was the worst day of their family’s life.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Maisie, cairn terrier

Middleton: Dog survives astonishing eight days lost in the snow
By Lauren Everitt
Monday, January 28, 2013

WHEN Maisie the Cairn Terrier vanished for eight days on Dunwich Heath in sub-zero temperatures, deep snow and bitterly cold winds, her owner feared the worst.

As the search went on, the mercury plummeted to -15C in parts of Suffolk and it seemed hopes of finding her alive had all but gone.

But, miraculously, Maisie was discovered after more than a week in the wilderness - freezing cold but apparently unscathed, with her lead caught on a tree, tethering her to the spot.

The three-year-old hound has now been reunited with her owner Margaret Charles in Middleton, and tucked up in her warm basket.

Maisie had panicked and run off after Mrs Charles slipped on black ice while walking her on Dunwich Heath on January 16.

After unsuccessfully calling out for Maisie, Mrs Charles, who was left bruised after the fall, was forced to seek help to find her.

She said: “Maisie is always walked on a retractable lead because I’m scared she’ll run off and not come back but I let go of the lead when I fell and she ran off immediately.

“It was already getting dark so I ended up going back to the coastguard cottages and asking for help from the National Trust.

“A chap came out with me but it was dark and we couldn’t see very well so we had to stop.”

Overnight temperatures plummeted and a worried Mrs Charles, who lives in The Street, said the search resumed the following day with groups of people coming from all over to look for Maisie.

“The weather didn’t get any better, in fact it got worse, but everyone just kept hoping for the best.

“I rang vets and the dog warden but nothing happened and I started thinking ‘how will she survive?’”

A few days later Mrs Charles was contacted by Jenny Brown, a volunteer with Dog Lost which helps trace missing dogs, saying she was bringing her tracker dog Tigger up from Kent to join the search.

Mrs Charles, who has had Maisie since she was nine months old, said: “Jenny came the following day on Thursday and Tigger sniffed Maisie’s coat to get her scent and a few hours later I had a call to say that Tigger had found her.

“I was trembling and crying and didn’t know what to do with myself but managed to get into my car and drive to where Maisie was.”

“She was found not far from where I fell but her retractable lead had got caught a tree meaning she couldn’t walk any further but the main thing was she was okay.”

Maisie was taken to the vets and given a clean bill of health.

Mrs Charles added: “Maisie keeps putting on the sad puppy eyes but we’re not going to overdo anything.”

Dog Lost volunteer Jenny Brown said: “It was worth coming up from Kent to help find a missing dog.

“A lot of searches had already been carried out in a difficult area and in difficult conditions with the snow and temperatures.

“I think Margaret thought she wouldn’t see Maisie ever again and she took some convincing that we had found her and she was absolutely fine.”


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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Mandy, flat coated retriever

FOUND: Mandy, Missing Since Car Fire, Reunited with Owner
By Jeanne Gustafson
January 26, 2013

Mandy, the dog missing since a fiery Kirkland car crash two weeks ago, was found by local residents Saturday morning near the site of the accident, and apparently is in good health, though she is on her way to be checked out by a veterinarian, said pet rescuer Jim Branson.

Kirkland residents spotted Mandy Saturday morning and kept track of her 
until her owner could be brought to the scene.

Mandy's owner, an elderly gentleman with no family in the area, has been relying on community support to help find the flat-coated retriever.

The community came out in a big way, organizing searches and reporting numerous sightings of the shy dog. Bitterly cold temperatures over recent days added to the concerns for the senior pooch.

Branson said Mandy was seen about 5 blocks from accident site atop Finn Hill, near 138th and 72nd.

"We got a call this morning of a sighting on Holmes Point Drive. Lots of people went down and kept track of where she was" until her owner could be brought to the site, Branson said. Mandy came right to her owner, and was taken to the vet for a checkup.

Branson, of 3 Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue, has been operating a Facebook page dedicated to helping find Mandy and working with local volunteers.

MEOW Cat Rescue  volunteer Marilyn Hendrickson said she was out with searchers after the call came in this morning that the dog had been sighted on Holmes Point Road, and that Mandy, though thinner and soaking wet, appears to be in good health and was thrilled to be back with her family.


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Alfie, pomeranian

Athelstone dog missing for three days found in Hope Valley thanks to Facebook
by Emily Griffiths, East Torrens Messenger
January 25, 2013

ATHELSTONE pooch Alfie spent three days roaming the northeast lost and alone, until social networking helped him find his way home.

Owner Nora Thomas says she contacted the Facebook group Lost Dogs of Adelaide after discovering the five-year-old pomeranian was missing from her backyard on Monday, January 7, about 8am.

"I went out to give him his breakfast and he wasn't there," Mrs Thomas, 42, says.

"We live in the foothills and the wind had blown the gate open.

"I was in shock, but knew I had to do something."

Within hours, Mrs Thomas, her husband Peter and children Patrick, 14, and Alysia, 18, had contacted Campbelltown Council and the Animal Welfare League, and plastered dozens of posters throughout the neighbourhood, all without luck.

"We thought we had exhausted every avenue, but then my daughter Googled `lost dogs' and this group came up," Mrs Thomas says.

"We were really excited that we had discovered something else to help us in our search."

The volunteer-run Lost Dogs Of Adelaide, which has been operating since November 2010, has more than 13,400 "likes" and claims to have a 50 per cent success rate of finding lost pets.

Mrs Thomas says without the help of the group, it is unlikely Alfie would have been found unharmed 10km from home in a Hope Valley reserve.

"Thanks to Lost Dogs of Adelaide, Alfie went viral (online)," she says.

"We had strangers and people we'd only met through the group helping us look for him.

"If it wasn't for that, I probably wouldn't have found him so I can't thank them enough."

Mrs Thomas says Alfie is settling back into his normal life.

"When we first found him he was in shock, but now he's back to his Beverly Hills lifestyle," she says.

"This (experience) has really made me rethink my concept of community.

"Before, I thought we were just people who lived close to one another, but now I see a community as a group of people who help each other, too."

A Lost Dogs of Adelaide spokeswoman says administrators of the site are committed to finding missing pets - mainly dogs and cats but extending to horses, rabbits, birds and other animals.

"I like to think we are the biggest organisation in SA dealing with lost pets," she says.

"We have an amazing, dedicated team of 12 animal lovers and pet professionals administrating the page and we also physically go out searching for lost pets."


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Friday, January 25, 2013

Max, yorkie

Detroit man reunited with his stolen Yorkie
By Taryn Asher Fox 2 News
Posted: Jan 22, 2013

DETROIT (WJBK) -- It was all smiles and kisses as a Detroit man and his best friend are reunited at Detroit's Sixth Precinct.

This is how it all unfolded.  Shannon came home to find a note taped to his door that basically said I saw the story last night and I know where you dog is right at this moment.  Shannon called the number on the note and soon found out if he wanted his dog back, he was going to have to pay up.

"Some lady answered the phone.  She said that she had bought my dog from a 'crackhead' for $750 and that I could get the dog back if I wanted it."

Shannon asked for a picture to confirm it was in fact his pint-sized pup.  When he didn't hear back, he called again.

"A gentleman answered the phone and he said that the girl didn't know what she was talking about, but he knew where I could find my dog but he wanted $1,500."

"They kind of infuriated me.  Not only [do] you have the audacity to try to sell me back my property, but you want $1,500 for it?"

Shannon hung up and called Detroit Police, who told him to call back and tell them he would pay the money.  Two undercover officers from the breaking and entry task force showed up and waited.

"The cops wanted me to make sure that they had my dog.  So the guy actually got out of the car with my dog in his hand, and he's like, 'Where's the money?'  And I'm like, 'Hold on.  I'll get it for you.'"

Shannon pressed send on his cell phone to alert the officers.

"When I saw them get back in the car, I was just praying that the cops could catch them before they got away and, in fact, they did.  So I was really appreciative for that.  So the cops did an excellent job."

"I appreciate Fox 2 for putting it on the air and helping me get my dog back because without Fox 2, the word wouldn't have got out and I'm pretty sure they never would've called me."

Police believe the same guys that are in custody are also responsible for stealing all of Shannon's stuff and his dog.  They plan to run the fingerprints to see if there is a match.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Choccy, chihuahua

Lost dog found safe and well
Published on Wednesday 23 January 2013 12:55

A chihuahua which was missing for 11 days has been reunited with his owner.


Two year old Choccy is now back with his owner, Lena Farquhar, who lives in Fraserburgh.

Lena adopted Choccy on January 10 from Mrs Murray’s Stray Cats and Dogs Home in Aberdeen. But to Lena’s horror, Choccy ran away almost as soon as she arrived at her new home. Speaking to the Fraserburgh Herald, Lena explained how Choccy was taken out of the car and managed to twist his collar before running off.

Lena, along with friends and family, spent six days searching for the chihuahua, which included a radio appeal.

Lena’s nephew, Jonathan Buchan and his friend Justin Thomson, along with Lena’s niece Arlene Buchan, all helped in the search effort. Lena also informed the police.

Commenting, Lena said: “I was really upset. I didn’t know what to do.

“I think he must have been taken in by somebody, and I’m grateful for that.

“He’d been fed as he’s not lost weight, but I’ve no idea where he went.

“I last saw him at Westfield School and that’s where he was found. It’s great to have him back home, I’m over the moon about it.

“I would like to thank everyone who was concerned and who helped to find him.”


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Diesel, staffy

Dog to be reunited with family after missing for two years
Dominic Geiger
21st Jan 2013

SAMANTHA McDonald's faith in humanity has been restored.

Last night, Ms McDonald received a call from Animal Emergency Services on the Gold Coast informing her the family's pet Staffy 'Diesel' had been found - two years after he disappeared.

The family’s pet Staffy ‘Diesel’ had been found – two years after he disappeared.

Ms McDonald said she had given up hope of ever seeing her beloved puppy again when she moved with her fiancé Dean and their two sons to Mackay 12 months ago.

"I was overwhelmed," Ms McDonald said.

"I began to get emotional… I had to pass my phone over to Dean to finish the conversation."

A member of the public rescued Diesel from the side of a busy Gold Coast road, and a microchip test revealed he belonged to the McDonald family.

Ms McDonald said she immediately began making preparations to travel to the Gold Coast to pick up the pet, until she received more good news this morning.

"AES has their own Facebook page and there's been lots of support from strangers and those involved to reunite Diesel with our family," she said.

This Wednesday, Diesel will board a plane with pet transfer company Jetpets and make the journey to Mackay.

AES receptionist Solange Newton said the flight had been funded through anonymous donations after Diesel's plight was published on the group's Facebook page.

"(The McDonalds) were overwhelmed, they were in tears," Ms Newton said.

"It took them a little while to believe we had found their dog and they were concerned about his health and the condition he was in as well."

But Diesel was found to be in "fabulous condition".

"The impression we get is he was taken in by another family," Ms Newton said.

Ms McDonald said it felt like her family's "missing link" was being returned to them.

"Thanks to total strangers for their support and reuniting Diesel with our family," she said.

"It just restores my faith in humanity."

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tweed, llasa apso terrier mix

Star jockey's ex-wife reunited with beloved puppy Tweed EIGHT years after she vanished
By Inderdeep Bains
18 January 2013

When her beloved puppy was stolen, Miriam Francome refused to give up hope that the two of them would one day be reunited.

But even she found it hard to believe when, eight years later, the dog was found wandering just a few miles from her home.

The former wife of champion jockey and racing pundit John Francome had spent months putting up posters, knocking on doors and dropping leaflets after Lhasa Apso-terrier crossbreed Tweed was stolen in 2005, even offering a £1,000 reward for the dog’s safe return.

Mrs Francome said: ‘She was born on my bed and had never been away from me. I was completely heartbroken at the time.

‘Although I never quite gave up hope of seeing her again, I could not believe it when I got the call saying she had been found. I just burst into tears.’

Tweed had been microchipped, so when she was found in Wantage, Oxfordshire last month – not far from Miss Francome’s home village near Hungerford, Berkshire – the council was able to trace her owner.

Despite being flea-ridden and filthy, the worst Tweed, who is now nine, appeared to have suffered was a bad haircut.

‘Thankfully it doesn’t look like she has been mistreated, she is not anxious or cowering, she seems happy and relaxed,’ said  Mrs Francome. ‘She’s not been starved either and is eating well. She’s still as good-natured as I remember her to be and the vet has given her the all-clear.’

After she was informed Tweed had been found, Mrs Francome had to wait eight days to allow anyone who may have unwittingly bought the dog in the eight years she was missing to come forward.

The former model said: ‘It was amazing when I went to pick her up, I wanted to cuddle her but she smelt so bad and her hair was all matted. Whoever had her had cut all her lovely hair off.

‘She recognised me straight away and responded to her name. When I brought her home, she knew exactly where she was.’

Mrs Francome, who dated  ex-racehorse trainer Charlie Brooks – now married to former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks –  after separating from former jockey champion  John in the early 1990s, had bred Tweed and her brother Harris from her pet Megan.

‘We think Tweed may have been used for breeding and her puppies sold for around £200 each.

‘I imagine that the last time whoever had her had tried to mate her, she didn’t conceive because of her age. And they had no more use for her and just dumped her,’ said Mrs Francome, who now works part time as a barmaid and dog-sitter.

‘It is strange to think that she was so close to me all these years but I just never knew it.’

Tweed is now settling back in at home after being reunited with her brother Harris and introduced to Mrs Francome’s five other dogs. She had been stolen during a spate of dog thefts in the area as she played with her brother outside Mrs Francome’s cottage on the morning of February 2, 2005.
  • Tweed had been microchipped and was traced back to its owner
  • Miriam Francome had spent months putting up posters, knocking on doors and dropping leaflets after dog was stolen in 2005
  • Despite being flea-ridden and filthy, Tweed, now nine, is in good health

Monday, January 21, 2013

Zeus Luby

Recovering alcoholic reunited with stolen dog
By Melanie Attlesey
Monday 14th January 2013

A former alcoholic has been reunited with the dog he credits with helping his recovery after it was stolen.

Chris Luby pictured in December appealing for Zeus to be returned

Chris Luby, 52, of Audley Court in South Woodford, made an impassioned plea for the safe return of his beloved Zeus after he was taken from his garden just before Christmas.

The dog was then traced to a lock-up in Romford Road following a tip-off earlier this month.

Mr Luby said: "I am overjoyed to have Zeus back, but being away from me has had its effect on him.

"He is now so clingy and doesn’t want to leave my side."

"He was found with no food and water and the place stank."

Mr Luby, who was an alcoholic for 30 years but has been dry for two years, bought Zeus eight months ago.

He says his pet has helped him stay off the booze by giving him focus and giving him a reason to get out of the house

But he said he has been left confused after the police told him the case is now closed and nothing will be done to trace those responsible for the theft.

He added: "As long as I have got my dog back the police don’t seem to care.

"I know they left another dog there in those conditions – why didn’t they take it away with them?

"I want them to investigate the theft properly and I want answers.

"I just felt like a nuisance to them and like it was too much hard work for them.

"They can say it is only an animal, but it was kidnap and Zeus is my world."

A spokesman for Redbridge Police said a complaint had been made but he could not comment further as the investigation was ongoing.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sierra, boxer

Pet caught, returned after being missing 16 months
By Steven Ward, Advocate staff writer
January 16, 2013

Brandon Farrar’s dog gone days are gone.

“I think it all shows you to never give up hope. Anything can happen. I’m so happy she’s back.” Brandon farrar, dog owner

Six months after Sierra went missing, any remaining hope Farrar had of seeing his dog again had all but faded away.

“I was heartbroken. I looked and looked. I would get phone calls about possible sightings but it was always a letdown, and after about six months, that was it,” Farrar, 28, said.

Farrar’s 5-year-old, black and brown-striped female boxer, Sierra, disappeared from his Baton Rouge office on Sept. 10, 2011.

Farrar said he would keep his pets, Sierra and her mother, Dakota, in a fenced-in pen while he worked as a project manager at General Engineering and Environmental Companies off Industriplex Boulevard.

Somehow, Sierra managed to get out of the pen one day and disappeared.

On Sunday afternoon, 16 months after Farrar last laid eyes on his dog, he was reunited with Sierra at the East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control Center.

The beginning of the reunion started when people recently reported seeing a scared-looking dog hanging around the Interstate 10 and Interstate 12 split.

“People saw this dog at the split,” East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control and Rescue Center Director Hilton Cole said. “They saw it go up and down the Essen Lane area and around Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center.”

Valerie Hoffman, of Gonzales, and her 29-year-old daughter, Jessica Wood, were driving down I-10 toward the split on Jan. 6 when they spotted Sierra between the interstate and the curb, around the exit to I-12, heading toward Hammond.

“The dog was eating or picking at some trash on the ground and it was pouring rain,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman said she and her daughter feared the dog was going to run into traffic and get hit and killed, so she pulled off to the side and they tried to rescue the dog. But Sierra wound up running off into the woods near the exit, Hoffman said.

Hoffman immediately posted a description of the dog and its location on a Facebook page called, Lost Pets of Baton Rouge.

Hoffman said she also called Cole on Jan. 8 and told the animal control center director about the dog. She said Cole told her to call him back if she saw the dog again.

The next day, on Jan. 9, Hoffman saw on the lost pet Facebook page that someone else had just spotted the missing dog near the split. Hoffman called Cole, who sent out one of his animal control and rescue center officers to set up a humane trap with dog food inside to rescue the dog.

The next morning, Cole called Hoffman and told her they had caught the dog in the trap.

“It was amazing. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t stop worrying about the dog being out in the weather with the rain and freezing weather,” Hoffman said.

One of the administrators of the lost pets Facebook page, Allison Claudet, had been monitoring all the activity on the page about the dog people saw on the interstate.

Claudet had also been periodically following Farrar’s search for Sierra via messages on Fidofinder.Com.

Claudet, who didn’t know Farrar personally, had called Farrar six or seven times during the 16 months Sierra was missing to tell him about possible sightings of his dog.

None of those led to a reunion however, Claudet said.

When Claudet read Hoffman’s post about the missing dog near the interstate, she remembered the description Farrar put out on Sierra and it seemed to match the description of the interstate dog.

When later postings on the Facebook page confirmed the dog was a female, Claudet sent Farrar’s Fidofinder.Com photo of Sierra to animal control officials.

In a text, Claudet said she wrote, ‘Is this the dog?’ Animal control responded, ‘It sure looks like it.’

Claudet then contacted Farrar to give him the news.

Farrar, who had been working in Alabama when the pieces of the puzzle were put in place, went to Animal Control on Sunday to pick up Sierra.

“I walked in, talked to a case worker and they took me to where Sierra was,” Farrar said.

His heart racing, Farrar said, he looked at the dog and knew.

“She came right up to me. I taught Sierra how to sit and shake, and she did both right there,” Farrar said.

Cole said the dog, who had been tired and not very excitable after it had been rescued, started jumping all around when she saw Farrar.

Farrar said he is still shocked that someone found his dog after all that time.

“I think it all shows you to never give up hope. Anything can happen. I’m so happy she’s back,” Farrar said.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Jake Bentley

Facebook Fan Reunites Country Star Dierks Bently with Lost Dog
Life With Dogs
January 14, 2013

Dierks Bentley was distraught when his dog Jake went missing Sunday night, and took to social websites to help bring him home.

The Nashville area was rocked with severe thunderstorms.  Jake had been let out in the yard, and a thunderclap likely shook him enough to make him scale the fence.  Bentley immediately tweeted this news, and it was retweeted by thousands of his followers.

Jake is well-known to fans:  he has appeared in Bentley’s music videos “What was I Thinkin,” “Feel that Fire” and “Up on the Ridge.”

Bentley and his friends spent the night combing the area for the frightened dog.   Early Monday morning, fans were delighted to see the country star tweet:  “Omg.  My wife just told me someone found Jake on Facebook and is bringing him to our house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Bentley soon posted a photo of himself with Jake and his rescuer, Anna Belle.  He said in a tweet that the woman “swooped in and picked Jake up after he was almost hit by another car.”

“One of the happiest days of my life.  Grown men don’t cry…yeah right.  Thank you to everyone on Facebook and Twitter that spread the word,” he tweeted.  “P.S. I’m not afraid to admit that the first thing I did this morning when I woke up was to check Twitter to see if Jake had been found.”


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Dierks Bentley Won’t Let His Nearly Lost Dog Jake Out of His Sight
Posted by Theresa Trapp KHAZ Country Music News
Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Dierks Bentley and his beloved dog Jake have been inseparable since they were reunited Monday morning. Dierks even had Jake with him at a Nashville rehearsal space as he gave members of the media a preview of his new live show, and the dog got just as much, if not more, attention as Dierks himself. After his performance, Dierks filled in a few details on how Jake went missing Sunday night.

It seems Jake doesn’t like to be alone during thunderstorms, and he hopped the fence in Dierks’ backyard Sunday night as a storm moved into Nashville. Dierks was headed to tour rehearsals with Miranda Lambert that night when his wife called to tell him Jake was missing.

“I got down there hoping I’d get a phone call that they’d found him, and they hadn’t,” Dierks says. “Of course, being around Miranda and all her thousands of animals backstage, I couldn’t take it. So, I left and started driving around at 5.”

Dierks drove around until 1 in the morning looking for his dog while posting about it all on Facebook and Twitter. The temperature had dropped to around 30 degrees that night in Nashville, and Dierks had put the wrong collar on Jake that day, which meant Jake had no identification.

While Dierks and several of his friends were looking for Jake, a nurse practitioner in Nashville spotted Dierk’s pup in a busy intersection about to be struck by a car. Since the woman’s own dog had previously been hit by a car, she was compelled to get out and take Jake home with her.

Dierks says, “It all came down to just the right person at the right time.” He adds, “While I was driving around every neighborhood along with everybody else, he was probably chilling out on her couch getting a lot of attention.”

The next morning, the woman took Jake to the vet, but they couldn’t find his embedded identification chip. That’s where the power of social media came in to save the day.

Dierks says of the staff at the vet’s office, “Luckily through Facebook they had heard that I was missing my dog, and they’re like, ‘Oh, I think that’s Jake.’”

Dierks also commented that his Grammy-nominated hit “Home” has even more meaning for him now that his best friend is safe and sound.

On the tour front, Dierks hits the road on the Locked & Reloaded tour with Miranda Lambert Thursday in Columbia, SC.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Fuzzy, golden mix

Amy Brocato Pearson, Jacksonville Daily Progress
January 8, 2013

JACKSONVILLE — It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a small city to find a lost dog.

But that's exactly what Jacksonville did.

Fuzzy, the black-mouth cur belonging to veteran Charlie Booth, who went missing Saturday afternoon, was safe in his owner's arms Tuesday.

"You're goofy, you're just a goofy girl," obviously jubilant Booth said, when he visited the offices of the Jacksonville Daily Progress to share the good news.

Meanwhile, Fuzzy, who definitely lives up to her name with a thick, luxurious golden coat, laid at her master's feet and obeyed his every command.

The Daily Progress received numerous phone calls Tuesday morning with Fuzzy sightings, but it was one resident, a man only identified as living on Brown Street, who apparently found Fuzzy and brought her to the Klein Animal Shelter.

"Then Mr. Roy and Ms. Jennifer went and got her and brought her back," Booth said.

'Roy' and 'Jennifer' (Booth insisted on first-names only) are the owner and employee of CJ's Quick Stop on East Rusk Street.

"They were helping me," Booth said.

Booth wants to thank the Marine Corps League Det. 1381, the Jacksonville Police Department, the Klein Animal Shelter, 'Ms. Micky' at the Clothes Closet, Jacksonville Animal Control officers, the USPS mail carrier in the area of Cindy's Florals on East Rusk Street, 'Mr. Roy,' 'Ms. Jennifer and her husband, Scott, and everyone else who assisted in the search, which includes an 86-year-old reader of our newspaper who was unable to physically help search, but offered financial assistance for flyers to help find Fuzzy.

Fuzzy, who was missing the collar and tags she was wearing when she disappeared, will turn 1 year old on Jan. 22.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cane, white dog

Dog missing in Montgomery home burglary reunited with family
By John Shryock
Posted: Jan 14, 2013T

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A newlywed couple who came home to find their house burglarized and their puppy missing are getting some much needed need good news. After four days, the Montgomery couple is being reunited with their little, white bundle of joy named Cane.

Gary and Stefanie Nelson had been married just six weeks when they discovered thousands of dollars in property stolen from their Robinson Hill Road home. Their dog was as long gone as the burglars.

Days went by and there was no word on the animal or his condition. That changed Monday afternoon when someone noticed a white dog wandering the side of the Southern Boulevard about 5 miles from the couples' home.

The good samaritan contacted the vet on Cane's tag and within a short time he was back in his owners' arms. Cane was tired and had lost some weight but was otherwise in good condition.

It took some time to get in contact with those who were holding Cane, but the Nelson's rushed to get him once they knew where he was.

Mr. Nelson snapped a picture of Cane, relaxing on the couples' couch at home. He said the dog hasn't left that spot, and he's "glad of it".

As for the robbers, those who were eating and drinking in the Nelson's home while robbing them, they still have not been located. If you have any information that could help police, call CrimeStoppers.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Endo, bull mastiff

Lost dog to be reunited with family after nearly 2 years and 1,800 miles apart
By James Eng, MSN News
January 14, 2013

A 115-pound mastiff named Endo is getting a ride from Wisconsin back to Florida, where he bolted from his owners in 2011.

Doggonit, Endo, what have you been up to for the past two years?

His owners aren’t quite sure where he's been, but they’re happy to be finally getting him back after practically giving him up for dead.

The 115-pound mastiff, who disappeared nearly two years ago when he bolted from the fenced yard of his Florida home, has turned up 1,800 miles away in Wisconsin, where an animal shelter was able to identify him via his microchip.

Endo will be driven back to Cape Coral, Fla., this week to be reunited with his owners, Denise and Tom Hartzog.

The Hartzogs were very excited to hear that Endo was still alive, according to the staff at Animal Allies Humane Society in Superior, Wis.

“We are so happy that Animal Allies called,” Denise Hartzog was quoted as saying in a press release issued by the animal shelter. “He’s such a cool dog. We are very excited to see him again.”

John Gustafson, director of development and communications for Animal Allies in Duluth, Minn., said shelter staff have since been sorting out details of what Endo has been up to for the past 20 months.

The Hartzogs got Endo in December 2010 after responding to an ad for a free dog.  Endo lived with the family for about five months before he and their other dog, a yellow Labrador, broke out of the fenced yard and ran off.

The Hartzogs searched in vain, and all but gave up hope after a neighbor told them he had seen the Lab get attacked by an alligator in a canal. They assumed a similar, sinister fate had befallen Endo.

“A lot of people lose their dogs to gators in the canals here,” Denise Hartzog told the Duluth News Tribune.

Gustafson said a Minnesota man who was visiting Florida saw the big brown dog dodging traffic near a Florida gas station-truck stop shortly after it had escaped from the Hartzogs’ home.

After trying without success to find the owner, the man, assuming the animal was abandoned, took the dog back with him to Minnesota in May 2011, Gustafson said.

The man had been caring for Endo until last fall, when his living situation required for him to find a new home. He gave the dog to a friend.

“That person also struggled to have the dog in their setting so they rehomed it to a farm in Superior, Wis.,” Gusfafson said. “The dog went to the farm but promptly escaped from there. Someone found him and brought him to our shelter in Superior at the end of the year.”

The Neapolitan mastiff had electronic identification in the form of a microchip, which allowed the shelter to identify him and his Florida owners.

Staff at Animal Allies will throw a farewell party for Endo on Wednesday morning before he departs for Florida.

A volunteer at Lost Dogs of Minnesota has arranged for Endo to be delivered right to the Hartzogs’ home. Someone who was already driving to the Fort Meyers-Naples, Fla., region has offered to bring the dog along.

“We’ll put together a little package for him -- some goodies, maybe some souvenirs from Duluth-Superior, to take back to Florida,” Gustafson said.

“He’s had a lot of excitement and a lot of reporters out at the shelter, so he knows something’s up.”

Endo should arrive home sometime on Saturday.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Jackie Bostick

Texas Man Reunited With Dog Who Had Been Missing After Crash
Reporting Susy Solis
January 13, 2013 10:59 PM

LEWISVILLE (CBS 11 NEWS)– A Texas man and his dog, who had been missing for almost a month were reunited after several volunteer groups transported the dog from Minnesota to Texas.

Jackie the dog is a beloved member of the Bostick family.

In December, just days before Christmas, Cody Bostick, his wife Colby, who was pregnant with twins, their 13 month-old son Easton and Jackie, the dog, on a road trip from Iowa to College Station, Texas for the holidays.

They encountered blizzard conditions and were involved in a 25 car pile-up along the interstate.

Colby died a short time later. In the chaos, Jackie the dog was lost.

Cody Bostick held out hope that his dog would some day be found. He and his brother called veterinarians in the area in hopes that she had been spotted. Two weeks later, Bostick got a phone call saying someone had found his dog.

Turns out, Jackie had traveled 40 miles south of the crash site along I-35 in Iowa for 4 days before she was picked up by a truck driver.

“A gentleman saw her almost get hit by a truck and he pulled over and she jumped in his truck with him and he took her to Minnesota,” Bostick said. The driver gave Jackie to a friend of his, who began to look for Jackie’s owner.

“She put Jackie on Craigslist,” Bostick said. “She said she had emails instantly.”

Folks knew that that was the dog everyone had been looking for.

Bostick then identified Jackie through a cell phone picture and some unique characteristics that only he would know about. One of them was what Bostick called her “confused ears,” where one would stick up and the other flops over.

Several volunteers groups wanted to help.

Sheri Jackson made a call for volunteers to help transport Jackie from Minnesota to Texas. She receieved close to 70 emails from people all over the country wishing to help. There were 12 volunteers, each one drove one leg of the trip, who brought Jackie to Lewisville, Texas.

Bostick is grateful to the volunteers who helped bring his family back together again.

“It’s just an amazing story of survival in that kind of weather that she’s never been in and it gives me comfort that Colby is looking out for us,” he said.

Hampton Inn and Suites in Lewisville donated a meeting room where Bostick and Jackie could be reunited.

Jackie recognized her owner and her buddy, Easton, instantly. She licked Bostick and Easton cooed and giggled and clapped when he saw Jackie.

Bostick says having Jackie back has given him new hope and shown him the kindness in people. He also says Jackie is providing some much needed comfort.

“My biggest struggle right now has been getting sleep and she always sleep on my feet so that will be tonight,” Bostick said.

And this time, Jackie is coming to the rescue for Bostick in her own special way.

“It’s a bad situation, but this brings a little bit of normalcy back to our lives,” he said.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Rico, yorkie

Missing dog that survived drunk driver crash found, reunited with owner
By Larry Bingham, The Oregonian
January 07, 2013

His name is Rico and for most of Sunday, his face was all over the news and plastered on shopfronts around a patch of Northeast and North Portland.

Weir posted this photo on her Facebook page two hours ago and the words "On our way to the vet to get our little adventurer checked out! Thank you, everyone!"

The 6-year-old Yorkshire Terrier mix made the news after the parked car he was sitting in on North Williams Street, near the Northeast Shaver Street intersection, was struck by a drunk driver Saturday night, according to his owner.

Rico was in his crate, inside the car, while his owner, Nicole Weir, was having dinner at a restaurant, she told Katu Sunday.

The crash apparently popped open the dog's crate and Rico somehow escaped from the car and took off. He was last seen wearing a black-and-white jersey.

Weir and friends started a "Find Rico" Facebook page Sunday and it soon drew scores of viewers. Hundreds of people shared the cute pictures. Flyers showing photos of the car accident and the dog were printed and posted. Other stations aired the news and tips started rolling in. Weir and her friends chased potential sightings but didn't see Rico.

Until Monday morning, when Connie Petersen, a retired Oregonian employee, did.

"He was standing in my driveway when I left the house and eventually (my daughter Michelle and I) enticed him to come to us after following him across our busy street," she said. "It wasn't until we called the number on his ID tag that I realized who he was. I'd seen it on the 11 o'clock news last night and was so happy to find his owner."

How Rico got all the way from the crash site up to North Peninsular Avenue, three blocks north of Lombard Street, is anybody's guess.

By 11 a.m., Weir had Rico again in her arms.

"I wanted to thank everyone so much for your support and prayers and good thoughts and tips," she posted on Facebook. "I am absolutely overwhelmed by the response and offers to help. There are no words to fully express and I hope that once we are able to rest, I can better articulate my thanks!"

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Lucy, black lab

MT family being reunited with missing dog after 3 months
by Laura Wilson - KAJ News
Posted: Jan 11, 2013

KALISPELL - A Great Falls couple never could have imagined they'd be reuniting with 3-year-old Lucy next week after losing the dog while visiting Kalispell nearly three months ago

Tim and Amy Braulick say Lucy managed to roll down the window and jump out of the car while they were driving along U.S. Highway 2 in Evergreen.

They didn't realize she was missing until they picked up their daughter in Kalispell, and then spent countless hours driving to Kalispell in search of Lucy, without any luck.

All the phone calls they received for from people who thought they'd spotted her, or had found her, ended up being for different dogs - not Lucy.

That is until this week, when the Flathead County Animal Shelter brought in a dog matching Lucy's description.

"I was skeptical. We had had so many people say, 'we have your dog.' I said, 'I need to see pictures.' Once I opened up that page [of pictures], I took one look and saw her eyes and her ears, and said 'that's our Lucy!'," Amy said.

"It was like, 'Wow! Look, it's her'," Tim recalled.

Two of the Braulick's relatives will be picking Lucy up Friday, and she is expected to be reunited with her Great Falls family early next week.


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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Rollie, German shepherd

Rollie the dog found injured 2 days after being hit by truck
By Susan Morse
January 11, 2013 12:04 PM

YORK, Maine — Rollie, the 2-year-old German shepherd missing since being hit by a truck Wednesday, was found alive Friday morning, though not well.

With a suspected broken leg, Rollie made it from Organug Road in York north to Mountain Road in Cape Neddick, a distance of four miles by road and an unknown distance by the dog.

When Meg Nichols got the call, she was ecstatic, joking, “If we had known he wanted a hot dog, we would have gotten him one.”

For his part, Rollie raised his head from the seat of the car, indicating he recognized Meg and husband David Nichols. He did nothing but lie down in the back seat as Meg and David took him to the emergency facility, Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital on Commerce Way in Portsmouth.

“He was definitely dazed and confused,” Meg Nichols said.

As of Friday afternoon, Rollie was resting comfortably at the veterinary hospital.

His back leg is swollen and lacerated, but an X-ray did not determine a big break, said Meg Nichols. He also suffered a tear to his lung, she said.

“We were just lucky he did not have an internal injury,” she said.

If all goes well, Rollie will be home Saturday night, she said.

At 22 months, Rollie appears to have many more years to participate in one of his favorite activities, grabbing a log from the wood pile to carry around.

“We have a cat that may be a little disappointed he's home,” Meg Nichols said.

The couple got Rollie as a puppy from a breeder in Bangor.

On Wednesday around 7:30 a.m., a dog walker had Rollie on a leash on Organug Road, when Rollie spotted a squirrel and took off, breaking his collar, according to York Animal Control Officer Larry McAfee.

Rollie ran across Organug Road, and was hit by a truck heading south, McAfee said. The truck did not stop. The dog took off onto the grounds of the nearby York Golf & Tennis Club, and apparently kept running. No one could find him.

So started a search that involved the family, McAfee, Kittery Police Officer Jay Durgin and his K-9 partner, and at least 40 volunteers. Rollie's photo and status on Facebook had many in York on the lookout for the wounded German shepherd.

“I couldn't believe people came with their own dogs in search of our dog,” Meg Nichols said. “I was just struck by the support. People were out there, eight, 10 hours a day.”

On Friday around 6 a.m., Nichols was ready to start another day of searching.

“In the dark this morning, I was trying to think, 'Where would he go today?'” she said.

She never thought Rollie would go as far as Cape Neddick, she said, but Durgin was already checking the area of Chases Pond Road off Mountain Road.

Around 8:30 a.m., she got the call from David that Rollie had been found. The couple knew it was their dog from a distinctive mark on his tongue, she said.

David and Meg's daughter, Coco Nichols, who is in medical school in Portland, spent every spare moment searching for Rollie.

“Thank God he's alive,” she said on Friday.

Meg Nichols is thankful to all who participated in the search, and grateful to the good Samaritan who stopped to pick up Rollie. She said she knew neighbors and residents would be there to help if she was in need, but people went above and beyond anything she could imagine.

“We live in a special community,” Meg Nichols said. “I've lived in York a long time and never realized it.”


Friday, January 11, 2013

Yogi, Chesapeake Bay retriever

Social Media Helps Bring Home Lost Dog
By Jason Claffey
January 11, 2013

A local family credits social media for helping bring home its missing dog after the dog recently spent nine days out in the cold

Yogi, shown here with Brennan Young, spent nine days out in the cold and traveled more than 10 miles around Exeter.

Four-year-old Yogi, a brown Chesapeake Bay Retriever mix, went missing from its Lee home Dec. 27 during a storm that caused havoc in the Seacoast region. The dog was playing in the snow when it took off, possibly following a scent. The dog was wearing a bright orange collar.

Brennan Young, a student at Oyster River High School in Durham, tracked his dog's footprints out of the neighborhood, but the trail eventually cut out. When the dog didn't return the next day, Young and his family started to worry.

"It was scary," Young said. "There are plenty of stories of dogs not coming back."

His family put up a posting on Craigslist, but didn't get any immediate responses. Meanwhile, Young's mother, Theresa, drove around town looking for Yogi.

On New Year's Eve, a Patch reader posted a note on the Exeter Patch Facebook page, saying she had seen a dog with an orange collar beside Route 101 in Exeter—about 12 miles from the Young's home. The reader said the dog looked scared and had its tail between his legs.

That post was shared on the Facebook page of Granite State Dog Recovery, which helps bring home lost dogs in the New England area.

In the next few days, more sightings were reported on the Exeter Patch and Granite State Dog Recovery Facebook pages. Meanwhile, the Young family was still worried—especially on the nights of Jan. 2 and Jan. 3, when the temperature hovered around zero degrees at night.

Finally, on Jan. 4, the Lee Police Department received a tip that the dog was sighted near a trash can. Theresa Young drove to the area and found Yogi in a nearby field.

"It was awesome," Theresa Young said.

The Young family said the Facebook postings were instrumental in increasing awareness of their missing dog in the area. They said they can't thank the people who posted sightings and their police depatment enough.

"There's plenty of people out there who care enough to help, and that's nice," said Brennan Young.

His family rescued the dog from New Jersey, where it was likely bred for dogfighting, they said.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Buster, ridgeback/shepherd mix

Buster, Dog Missing After Hurricane Sandy, Found At Shelter Just Hours From Being Put To Sleep (VIDEO)
By Ron Dicker, The Huffington Post
Posted: 01/07/2013

Missing for weeks after Hurricane Sandy, Buster the runaway dog was nearly done away.

Just hours from being put to sleep at a shelter in Brooklyn, N.Y., the dog's family claimed him, touching off a tear-filled reunion of licks and jumps from the 1-year-old pup, CBS New York reports.

“I cried,” Buster's owner, Christine O’Donovan, a mother of five young children, told CBS New York. “I was so happy. I love my dog.”

After the superstorm had ruined the O'Donovans' house in Belle Harbor, Queens, damage assessors visited the home in mid-November, spooking away the ridgeback-shepherd mix, according to the station.

Buster was an apparent stray tied to a street pole when the O'Donovans took him in nine months earlier; now he appeared lost for good, the New York Daily News notes.

According to the Daily News, Buster's fortunes took a turn for the better on Dec. 12 when the O'Donovans' friend, Kim Fraser, saw a picture of what appeared to be Buster on the Animal Care and Control website. He was scheduled to be euthanized the next morning.

Fraser notified the shelter through its site to spare the pooch, unsure whether it would get the message, and texted O'Donovan to arrive at the shelter as soon as it opened.

The O'Donovans found Buster alive and well.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Loki, choc lab pitbull mix

Stolen puppy returned to Veazie woman
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 08, 2013

VEAZIE, Maine — The 21-year-old local woman who was the victim of a burglary last month has been reunited with her stolen puppy, Veazie Police Chief Mark Leonard confirmed Tuesday.

Chelsea Arbour holds her cellphone with a picture of her puppy Loki on it during an interview in Bangor on Saturday, Dec 29, 2012

Loki, a pit bull-chocolate Lab mix with a distinctive freckled nose and a black patch on his right eye, was reported stolen by his owner, Chelsea Arbour, shortly after he disappeared early Christmas morning from the room she had been renting at Greystone Trailer Park.

Named after the Norse god of mischief, the pooch was an early Christmas present from Arbour’s boyfriend, the 21-year-old former Bangor resident said in a Dec. 29 interview with the Bangor Daily News.

In the interview, Arbour pleaded for the public and police to help in finding Loki.

Leonard said Tuesday that the puppy was returned to Arbour several days after the newspaper published a news story about the missing dog, along with photos and a video of Arbour and Loki.

He said the puppy had been abandoned in Bangor, where the animal control officer picked him up and took him to the Bangor Humane Society, which facilitated the reunion.

Arbour could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

A child psychology major at the University of Maine who is on track to graduate this spring, Arbour said last month that she discovered Loki was missing after returning from her job as a waitress.

Also missing were her computer, computer equipment and her camera, as well as her black winter jacket. Arbour said she didn’t care about the electronics. She just wanted her puppy back.

“I would be happy if he was just returned to a shelter somewhere,” she said at the time. “I won’t ask any questions. Granted I had other things taken from my house; I would just be absolutely thrilled to have my puppy back. Material things come and go, but he’s very special.”

Leonard said Tuesday that the electronics have not been recovered.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Roxie, shepherd

Stolen dog arrives home in Pennsylvania after trip to Houston
Katie McCall
Sunday, January 06, 2013

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A stolen dog who ended up in Houston is now back home in Pennsylvania after an ordeal that seems too unusual to be true.

While the rest of the dogs at BARC -- the city of Houston animal shelter and adoption facility -- barked loudly Sunday, a dog named Roxy kept her cool, almost as if she knew it was her lucky day.

Roxy is not a stray, but she was found Friday on the streets of southwest Houston.

An animal control officer discovered her and she was taken to the shelter, scanned and identified by the microchip implanted beneath her skin.

"When she was scanned for a microchip, we discovered that she had an owner," said Ashton Rivet, BARC brand development coordinator.

That owner lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania -- some 1,400 miles away.

When the owner received the call that Roxy had been found, he was incredibly relieved. He told the shelter that his dog had been driven all the way to Houston by his grandchild, who did not have consent to take her.

Without that microchip she might never have made her way back.

"Microchips are the answer," Rivet said. "It is absolutely the difference between being reunited and not being reunited with them."

The owner worked with BARC to get all of Roxy's requirements met. Sunday, BARC put her onto a plane bound for Newark, New Jersey where her owner was anxiously awaiting her arrival.

She made it there around 4:30pm and spent the rest of the night receiving a lot of attention.

Accustomed to stories about overcrowding and the need for more adoptions, Roxy's is the kind of story that the members of the BARC staff wish they could share every day.

"We're elated," Rivet said. "It's wonderful."


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Rascal, JRT

Missing Kansas dog found in San Diego to be reunited with family
Marie Coronel
Posted: 01/05/2013

SAN DIEGO - A Jack Russell Terrier mix that ended up in San Diego – more than 1,500 miles away from his home in Kansas – will be reunited with his family on Saturday.

Thirteen-month-old Rascal has spent the past month in San Diego away from his family. He ended up at an animal shelter more than 1,500 miles away from his home on New Year's Eve.

Dan DeSousa, who is with the San Diego County Department of Animal Services, told 10News someone "had found him in Kansas and drove him out here all the way to San Diego. But when their landlord wouldn't let them keep him, they turned him in to the shelter."

DeSousa said because Rascal had his tags on, they were able to contact the dog's family in Kansas, who has been looking for him since Thanksgiving weekend.

Nikki Lewis, Rascal's owner, told 10News, "After not hearing from anyone for more than a month, we thought we would never see Rascal again."            

Before his flight, Rascal got his walk around the airport parking lot and then was ushered back into his crate. His next stop is Tulsa, Okla., where he will be reunited with his family.

Rascal's family includes small children, who do not know that he is coming home. All they know is that they are going to the airport to pick up a relative.

A local organization is paying for Rascal's trip home.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Muffin Beattie

Dog lost during crash on I-10 reunited with owner 
By Tyana Williams
Posted: Jan 03, 2013

IBERVILLE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - They finished their holiday celebrations and left Alabama bound for Houston on Interstate-10. But an accident changed the travels for the Beattie family and had them searching for another family member. Thanks to social networking, friends were able to reunite the family.

It was around 2 p.m. on Wednesday when Danielle Beattie and her brother were westbound on I-10. The roads, slick from rains. The drive had been okay, until they crossed over the bridge near mile marker 139, near Grosse Tete.

"The next thing I know my brother is saying 'Whoa Danielle stop!'," Beattie said. "As fast as he said that I see a stopped semi in front of me. There was a long line of backed up cars in the other lane...I tried hitting my breaks, but the roads were wet. We backed right into him."

Danielle's car slammed into the back of the semi and filled with smoke. When she tried to get out, she couldn't walk. One of her feet was broken. On her other foot, her toes were broken. But she says it was not her injuries that had her worried.

Her dog, Muffin, ran hit the windshield and ran out of the car and into the woods.

Friends in Texas posted Muffin's picture on the Lost Pets of Baton Rouge Facebook page. Others started calling shelters once they heard the dog was lost.

Sometime after the accident was cleared, a passing driver saw a dog near the road and called the Iberville Parish Animal Control. Muffin had returned to the scene and was waiting for her owner.

The animal control office had managed to track Danielle down.

Thursday afternoon, Danielle arrived at the animal control office in a wheelchair. And as soon as she saw Muffin, tears spilled down her cheeks.

"My Muffy Muff...Hi my baby," she cooed, after Muffin was placed in her arms. "Animals, they're just a dog or whatever. She's more than just a dog to me. I really didn't think I was going to get her back."

Danielle says she was going to return to the scene of the accident Thursday to look for her dog. That was before she got the call from animal control.

Muffin also has an injured foot. 

"We came out of something that rarely anybody has a chance to come out of, with minimal injuries. I'm just so thankful."


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Levi, GSD service dog

Blind man reunited with missing service dog
by Christine LaCroix
January 2, 2013

Losing any pet is devastating, but when it is a service dog it is even worse.  For Michael Birenbaum, who is blind, it was a terrible two days to endure after his guide dog Levi got spooked by New Years eve fireworks and got lost.  Fortunately someone found Levi and looked after him until he could be reunited with his grateful owner.
When Michael Birenbaum’s German Shepherd Levi went missing on New Year’s Eve, he was devastated. 
“He’s like my child. That’s the way I look at him because he means the world to me,” Birenbaum said.  He lost his sight when he was 11 years old after being accidentally shot in the head by his younger brother.  Though he lives a very independent life, he depends on Levi to help him get around, navigate traffic and avoid other hazards.  “He helps me travel everywhere, avoid dangerous areas, or helps me if cars don’t see me,” said Birenbaum.

Nikki Meza is the woman who found Levi just a few blocks away from his home, and immediately realized he was a service dog.  “When I saw his tags…you could see he was an important dog,” she said. “Somebody is worried sick about him and needs him.”  But when she called the number on his tag for the guide dog service it was closed for the holiday so she had to wait until Wednesday morning to find out who he belonged to. In the meantime, Birenbaum waited anxiously at home.

As soon as she found out who he belonged to Meza delivered him home, where Levi ran straight into the arms of his pal.  A tearful Birenbaum who relies on Levi as a lifeline of sorts told Meza, “This means the world to me. You brought my world back.”


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Norman, parson russell terrier

M62 upgrade team reunite lost dog with owners
Grant Prior
Fri 21st December 2012

Site workers from the Bam Nuttall/Morgan Sindall joint venture on the M62 have reunited a lost dog with its distraught owners.

Norman is now back with his family

Operatives on the managed motorway upgrade job spotted two-year-old Parson Russell Terrier Norman wandering along the roadworks lane.

Norman had gone missing two days earlier while out jogging with owner David Hardy.

The family from were distraught at Norman’s disappearance.

Mum, Karen Hardy, who lives with David and their two sons, Sam, 23, and Will, 16, in Cleckheaton, said: “David had taken Norman out for a jog to the paper shop, but on the way there he got startled by a bigger dog and he ran away.

“David chased after him, but it was like he had disappeared into thin air.

“We spent all day on Sunday and Monday looking for him, and Sam circulated his photo on Facebook. We were fraught, and when it got to Monday without any sign of him, we thought we would never see him again. Norman has been a part of the family since he was a puppy, and we desperately wanted him back.

“We could hardly believe it when we got the call and we’re so grateful to everyone who helped bring him home – including the workmen who found him, the Yorkshire Animal Ambulance and the people who posted on Facebook.

“I dread to think what could have happened to him on the motorway, or if he had caused an accident. Norman was a little subdued when he first got back home, but now he is back to his usual self.”

David Pilsworth, project manager for the M62 managed motorway scheme, said: “When you’re working on a live motorway, you have to be prepared to expect the unexpected, and it’s very fortunate that Norman was spotted by a couple of our road workers before he came to any harm or caused an accident.

“We’re delighted to hear that he is now safely back at home where he belongs.”