Sunday, March 16, 2014

Lost and Found: Skipper's Story

If you follow me on any social media platform, I'm sure you've seen this cute lil guy's picture more than once this weekend. Late Friday night as I started up my car to head home, I spotted this poor dog in my headlights obviously very cold and lost. I was in an unfamiliar area out in Marne/Allendale and there was no way I could just leave him wander... so he came home with me. 

Zora was clearly a bit confused when I came home with a new friend, but she was super gentle and followed our new house guest from room to room. I think he had gotten into something trying to keep warm or find food because he definitely needed a bath immediately. He let me get him cleaned up and even though he wasn't interested in eating any dog food, he scarfed down a ton of my homemade puppy cookies. I felt better that he at least ate something. 

While I was busy getting a bed ready for him on the floor in my room, he decided to hop up on my bed and make himself comfortable. Well, I'm weak and not one to make a dog move once they're sleeping, so I squeezed in between him and Zora and the 3 of us snuggled in for the night.

Zora was such a good sport about sharing her beds with our new friend. xo

He had so many of the same characteristics as Peanut. His mannerisms indicated he was definitely someone's well-loved pet and not just some stray. I decided to name him (needy) Petey. 

I spent Saturday morning summoning my inner stalker and looked online for phone numbers for the houses near where I found Petey. I spoke to a couple dozen people and none of them even knew of a neighbor who owned a chihuahua. Once Harbor Humane opened at noon, my plan was to head over there and get him scanned for a microchip, and sadly, surrender him over to them. There was no way I would be able to handle two dogs and Brody come Sunday.

I gave my parents a call before I headed out and because they are such wonderful, loving people... they told me to bring Petey with me to their house. Gah, they have such big hearts. xoxo

We stopped at Harbor Humane anyways to check for a chip and sadly, no such luck. Peanut and Zayla took to Petey instantly. So, Mama and Papa Z's house looked like a small zoo all weekend with four dogs, but they all did so wonderful together. 

Made himself right at home... 

Saturday night, I went out with my sister and peoples to Grand Rapids. My amazing parents took Petey and some flyers back to Allendale and went door-to-door in the area he was found. God bless them. They had no luck, but the lil guy sure did enjoy curling up on my dad's lap and going for a truck ride. Mom sent me a picture later that night of Petey curled up in a pile of my clothes sawing logs. LoL!

On our way back home from GR at midnight, I received a Facebook message from a guy asking me to give him a call regarding the chihuahua. Long story short, we made arrangements to meet first thing Sunday morning to reunite Petey (whose real name is actually Skipper) with his owner! Mama Z and I gave him another good scrub down and trimmed up his nails so he was all ready to go. 

I am so relieved that Skipper's owner was found and we didn't have to go through with handing him over to a shelter. I just love that little guy and it warms my heart to know he's back with his family. Thank you to everyone who shared his photo! I had posted Skipper's picture and bio on Craigslist, a couple "lost and found" pet sites, Twitter, Instagram and on roughly 8-10 different Facebook pages. The initial photos I posted were shared 207 times! Skipper's owner was able to contact me after his cousin down in Florida saw one of the shared photos in his Facebook news feed. God bless the power of social media!

Time to quick hop up on my soap box... people... make sure your pet is microchipped! My dog doesn't always wear a collar when she's outside, but there needs to be some way for people to get ahold of you if your pet does manage to escape. Also, if anyone loses or finds a pet in Michigan, get their photo on the "For the Love of Louie *Michigan Lost Pet Lookers*" Facebook page. It's a great community of animal lovers who shared Skipper's photo 123 times. Thanks guys!

Thanks again to everyone who shared Petey/Skipper's photo! You guys are wonderful! xo
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