What would you do if your dog ran off? Would you post flyers? Go to the shelter on a daily basis? Do a 76 day stakeout in your car armed with traps, binoculars, and motion detection cameras?
I have to tell you, as much as I love my dog, I simply wouldn’t possess the mental or physical stamina to spend several months living in my car to chase my dog down. God bless this woman who did, because obviously it paid off. That is one fortunate dog, to have owners that dedicated.
I will never forget the client at work that this happened to. Her dog backed out of his collar in the hospital parking lot and ran off across a busy street and into the ether while the owner stood horrified in the lot with empty leash in hand. We spent at least two hours scouring the neighborhood for this dog. The owners drove to the city every single day for two months to look for him, and wouldn’t you know it, after 60 days of flyers and bribes and traps, they caught the little stinker, no worse for wear, out in the hills. It was truly a miracle he was in perfect shape.
I’m so impressed by the extent to which some owners will go for their pets, but at the same time it makes me feel just the tiniest bit inadequate. If Brody took off on me, I know I would be all over flyers and going to the shelter, but a 24/7 stakeout is just beyond my logistical capacity at this point in my life. Would you take a leave of absence to search for a missing pet?