Thursday, July 18, 2013

Annie, boxer

Pet Lost in Flood Finds Way Back Home
by Meredith Baldwin
June 18, 2013

A Scott County family’s dog who was swept away in flash flooding has found her way home nearly two weeks later.

Candy Bliss, and her husband Johnny Haga, said they were not home when the flood waters swamped their backyard in Cedar Creek.

“We were at the lake, but we got a text from our neighbor late that night saying that we had to come home as soon as we could,” Bliss said.

When Bliss and Haga made it back home, Bliss said she immediately went to their back porch where they had left their six-year-old boxer Annie.

“I did really good looking at the damage and all and then I saw her [dog] bed that was on the patio,” Bliss said, fighting back tears. “It wound up actually in the area where our garage used to be. I couldn’t imagine how her bed could stay and she could leave.”

All they could imagine was that Annie had been swept away in the flooding.

“I thought about how scared she was,” Bliss said. “Thought about how much she suffered. Drowning. You think all of these horrible things, just like how if she were a child, about what her final moments were.”

For 11 days, Bliss and Haga said they mourned the loss of their dog, assuming the worst had happened. But then late one night, Johnny said he thought he heard Annie pawing at the front door.

“I went down and there sat the dog at the front door,” Haga said. “She was scratching at the front door and wanting in.So I got the dog and let her in the house and of course [the dog] was tickled to death and made four or five circles in the house. Then I carried it upstairs and it just bailed on top of her and she was crying and bawling and of course I did too.”

Bliss and Haga said they took Annie to the vet after she got home. She was covered in ticks but other than that the family said she’s okay.


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Patch, jack russell terrier mix

Twitter Helps Reunite Patch, A Dog, With Owner Deirdre Anglin After Ride On Irish Rail
By Shawn Pogatchnik

DUBLIN -- When Patch hopped aboard the train to Dublin, it took the power of Twitter to reunite the dog with his owner.

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Irish Rail sent a "Lost dog!" tweet with a photo attachment after the Jack Russell terrier arrived with Wednesday morning commuters on a train from rural Kilcock, County Kildare, an hour's ride away.

After more than 500 retweets in just 32 minutes, the photo found Patch's owner, Deirdre Anglin, who tweeted the state railway: "That's my dog!"

The episode underscored the ubiquitous use of mobile-friendly social media sites in Ireland, a tech-savvy corner of Europe where cell phones were the norm long before they were in the United States.

Soon after Patch went missing Tuesday night in Kilcock, 20 miles (30 kilometers) west of Dublin, Anglin said she did "the usual social network thing," posting pictures of the dog on her Facebook account and appealing for followers to spot him.

It wasn't until after Patch waltzed on to the 6:49 a.m. commuter train in Kilcock that the alarm was sounded.

Rail workers on board dubbed the dog Checker, joking he might be trained to inspect people's tickets, as commuters took turns petting the friendly dog. They turned him over to Pearse Street station staff on the train's final stop in the heart of the capital, when it became clear the dog had no owner on board.

Irish Rail spokesman Barry Kenny described Twitter as offering the ideal platform for launching a nationwide appeal for the lost dog. And he said some staff at Pearse Station wished it hadn't worked so well.

"It was good she showed up so quickly, because the staff in the office were getting quite attached to him," Kenny said.

Anglin said she was particularly pleased that Irish Rail posted Patch's photo on Twitter and noted that the rapid retweets by other users to their own followers ensured that, soon, the alert reached her.

Irish Rail and Anglin posted a series of photos documenting her Dublin reunion with Patch, their return train trip, and car journey home. She said fellow train travelers kept asking her: "Is that the dog from Twitter?"

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