What would you do if your dog ran away? Mine did and thankfully I was able to ge

United States
June 12, 2007 3:47pm CST
Oh what a terrible day last Friday was! Two of my 3 little furbabies got out of the yard and disappeared! The gate had been left open by a neighbor's child and I didn't notice it when I let them outside - only 2 wanted to go out. Now these are very little guys - a 9 pound Japanese Chin and a 25 pound Pug! When I noticed they were gone I was hysterical!! My partner and I drove around the neighborhood calling and looking for them. We asked everyone if they had seen them! Finally about 2 hours later someone told us a house 3 blocks away from our home had found a dog. We were still driving and searching so we rushed over there. Thank heavens! There was my little Gizmo - the Japanese Chin. He had climbed up on the people's deck and was huddled in the corner terrified! They people had been standing there with him for 45 minutes. They were afraied to touch him because he was so scared! I picked him up with tears in my eyes - kissing him and hugging the people who had him. BUT - no sign of our BennyHaHa - our Pug. It was getting dark and I was so happy to have Gizmo back but so heartbroken about not finding Benny. Earyly the next morning - we went to check the local animal shelter but they were not open yet. Off to Staples to print 150 "LOST" posters of our baby. On the way back we stopped at the shelter and waited for them to open. As soon as the doors opened we asked if they had found a Pug. They had! Someone had brought him there the night before - he was walking up a very busy highway. When they stopped their car he went right to them! These people brought him to the shelter in opes that his owner's would go there to find him. How lucky we were! It was heartbreaking to see him in a small cage and he was so frightened. We paid his fine (sort of like bailing him out of jail) and took him home amidst lots of tears and kisses. Neither of these dogs were wearing their tags - they were only going into our backyard so I thought they were safe! Now I check the gate evry time I let them out. Do your dogs wear their ID tags all the time? Or are they microchipped? Thank heavens I have my little furbabies back home and all together!!
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
13 Jun 07
There was a happy ending to your story. Im so glad for you. I dont have a dog but years ago I did. And yes she always had her tags on. I have 3 cats and just a couple of days ago one slipped out the door. Usually when that happens if I dont grab them they will always come to the front door. Not this time my little Blackie has been missing for days now. Im so upset.
• United States
13 Jun 07
Oh Terry - I am so sorry to hear that. I will keep you and Blackie in my thoughts and prayers. I hope he returns safely!
@castleghost (1304)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I have never had an experince such as yours. Yes, one of our dogs loves to excape but she has not managed to get past the neighbors yard. What happened to you is a fear of ours. I have an older dog that is thriteen years old. He doesn't wear tags and he also isn't micro-chipped either. We have two German Shepards mix that we got from the Humane Society both of them are micro-chipped. Thank goodness because its one of the German Shepards who likes to escape. An just yesterday we got a Irish Setter (we think) from the local dog pound. He is going to visit the pet next week, I will probably have a micro-chip placed in him as well.
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@kgwat70 (13392)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I was happy to see that you were able to find your dogs after this scary event. I would be sad and scared too if I had a dog or dogs and they took off somewhere. This has happened with my parents in the past as our snouzer would run off if the door was left open for her to get out. We would end up searching our neighborhood as well as the neighborhood next to us. I ended up finding our dog in the neighborhood next to us a couple streets down. I do not think she would have found her way back. It was a relief finding her. She did have a tag on so somebody may have returned her if we had not found her.
• Canada
12 Jun 07
My dog has passed on now but, when we moved to our current home, we were happy to have a fully-fenced yard for him. I would let him out in the a.m. to do his business and he'd play a bit and then come right back in. However, one morning, the gate was open and I didn't know (a contractor that was working for us used the gate and didn't latch it securely). Anyway, I went out to get the dog and he didn't come when I called. I felt that same punch in the gut, heartsick feeling of realizing he was gone. In all his years, he'd never run before -- and he picked a strange neighborhood to do it! We'd been walking him on a leash but he certainly wasn't familiar yet. I walked the block, calling his name, and nothing. A retired fellow came out and asked if I'd lost my dog and I said I had. He asked for a description and then kindly got in his car and said he'd looked farther away while I covered the nearby streets on foot. I was in tears when I couldn't find him. I called the dog catcher and they didn't have him. I called the police station and no one had reported finding him. Everyone promised to call me back if he showed up. I went back outside awhile later and who comes running up the street?!?!? YEP! It was him!!! Turns out the gentleman in his car spotted him far from home and running like a bat out of hell towards the shopping center, of all places. He tried to get him in the car by calling him by name. The dog stopped but wouldn't get in the car. Somehow, he got him turned around and running back in the direction toward home. He drove either alongside or behind him and kept calling to him by name, trying to encourage him back. By the time he got to the end of our street, I was able to call him and he heard my voice. He bolted right to me!! He was exhausted and really panting... I mean, he was an old dog and I don't think he'd done that much full-tilt running in a very long time. I couldn't thank my neighbor enough! He wouldn't accept any "reward" so, later that day, we bought a nice dessert from the bakery and took it over to him and his wife. Without him, we'd have lost our "little old man" that we loved dearly. He wasn't micro-chipped but he had his license that is required by our town so anyone that found him could have him identified by number. I only hope that they would have done so.
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
12 Jun 07
My guys are micro-chipped. They are also trained to leave the yard only if called. So even if the gate is left open, they will not leave the yard until given permission. It took a bit of time to train them, but it is well worth it. As I am sure you realize. I am glad you got your pups back, I know that they are member of the family just like any other person.
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• Germany
12 Jun 07
i would feal really bad becuase some people really love their dogs it's like a real child
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• United States
12 Jun 07
Mine got away twice before. I just opened the front door and she dashed out between my legs. Once was during the day and another time at night. The one that happened during the day was scary as we live close to a main road and there were many cars on the road at that time. She almost got hit by a car! But I managed to get a hold of her quickly that day. But the one that happened at night, that was scary cos' I had no idea where she went and it was so dark and I couldn't see where she went. I had to ask my neighbour to help me get her back. He went out and looked for her for 10 mins. Thank God she didn't go very far and came when my neighbour called out to her. She's not microchipped but she's got her tag on all the time. My biggest worry when she escapes is that she's going to get hit on the road. I'm just glad we got her back safely both times.