A little while ago, the little girl from next door knocked on my door to ask if I knew where “this dog” lived. “This dog” is a cute little beagle cross, clean, well-kept, neutered, and very friendly. But no collar.
So as the neighbors and I were standing in their front yard debating what to do with “this dog”, their daughter said she thought she might know which house the little guy lives in. So Mom, daughter, and “this dog” hopped into her truck to go see.
They hadn’t been gone 30 seconds when a vehicle came down the road, with the driver hanging out the window hollering for “Atticus”. Atticus? The little guy could be an Atticus. And she described him as a little brown dog…sounded like our visitor.
It wasn’t. So now that’s two little brown dogs with no collars roaming our neighborhood. Wonderful.
About that time, the little boy playing with my neighbors’ son came outside and observed that it looked like his best friend’s dog. Where does your best friend live? Over there somewhere. Does your mom know where your best friend lives? Yeah, sure. Can we call her? Well, you could, but I don’t know her number. (REALLY? Way to go, mom. Let your kid roam the neighborhood alone on a bike without knowing his own phone number.)
Astonishingly, though, he did know his house number, so now my neighbor is on her way to his house to see if his mom knows his best friend’s mom’s number on the off chance that the visiting dog might be his.
In the meanwhile, “this dog” is safely confined to a crate at my neighbors’ house. If it turns out that he doesn’t belong to the little boy’s best friend’s mom, they’ll take pictures of him, make “Found” posters, and do their best to find his people. At least the one visiting my neighbors is safe, while Atticus’ distraught mom is still driving around calling for him.
I know accidents happen, but two lost dogs in five minutes begs the question. WHY do people not supervise and protect their pets better? Not to mention WHY do people not put identification on their pets?!
Not every escaped pet has a happy ending, but identification sure does improve the odds.