I can’t decide if this is an auspicious, or inauspicious, start to the new year, but I have been found by lost dogs (again).
Along with making 911 calls, it is also my fated duty to return lost dogs to their owners. This happens so often that I carry a collar and leash in the trunk of my car for such occasions. I can proudly boast a 100% return rate, always within 24-48 hours. In fact, I found a lost dog just a few weeks ago, although fortunately he turned out not to be very lost at all.
At any rate, these two chums have arrived on my doorstep, and are staunchly refusing to leave. We have a male siberian husky:
And a female border collie-ish sort of lass:
I managed to get them loaded into my car in order to take them down to the 24-hour emergency vet to have their microchips scanned, and now they refuse to come out. So they’re out there as I type (I left the door open [and turned the interior light off]).
If you ever find a lost dog, speaking from experience, I can tell you that the shotgun approach is the best method. First, swing by a vet’s office and ask them to scan the dog for a microchip. If that doesn’t come up with a hit, paper the entire 5-mile radius with “FOUND DOG” posters (be sure to mention the type of dog, gender, date you found it, and your phone number). Don’t forget to drop a flyer off at the local veterinarian offices, as well. Call all the local shelters, and leave your information. Post an entry on petfinder.org and on your local Craigslist site.
Then, while you’re waiting for the owner to find you, be sure to act such that a coincidence is more likely to occur. Most of my owners have found us through sheer coincidence (fate seems to favor lost dogs), but the owner isn’t likely to wander into your home. So get out there – walk the dog around your neighborhood, take it with you wherever you go, and be sure to mention it in chit-chat to every store clerk and barrista you encounter.
Both of the dogs are very sweet, and also well cared-for. They have been recently brushed and bathed, and their nails have been clipped. Alas, they have no tags or microchip, and let that be a lesson to you, if you own dogs – even if you think they’ll never leave your yard, be sure to put tags on them anyway. You never know, right? And I can’t call you if I can’t find your number on your dog’s collar, so there you have it. Tag ’em!
Ah well, I’m off to write up some “FOUND DOG” posters and hit the streets with sheets of paper and a roll of tape. Again.
P.S. On the other hand, if you have been thinking about getting a dog or two, be sure to leave a comment! (Just kidding, I’m sure I’ll find their owner by Monday night).