I’ve just had some exciting doggie drama happen in the midst of this crazy October! Orders have been coming in like crazy as people prepare their Halloween costumes, and my fiance Matt and I have been working our asses off packing and sending out orders as quickly as we can. However, my crazy packing routine was shaken up yesterday with the appearance of a cute little Shih Tzu who needed help.
So there I was, waiting at the bus stop near my home yesterday with a bag full of packages, all ready to be mailed at the post office. Suddenly, this little brown and white Shih Tzu came to the bus stop, enthusiastically wagging its tail at the strangers all around. It looked about 7 years old, a pretty old dog. I was smiling at how cute it was when it suddenly flopped down and panted, tired from its little walk. Looking around, its owner didn’t seem to be nearby anywhere. What was nearby instead was a group of teenagers awkwardly staring at the dog and trying to lure it towards them. Listening in to their convo, I realized that the dog was lost and didn’t have an owner.
It then hit me that I’d seen a “Missing Dog” poster at my block’s lift lobby last week. I couldn’t remember if it was the same dog though, as the black and white photo had made it hard to tell. I asked the teens to keep an eye on the dog while I headed back to check. However, the poster was gone and I was left with no clues. I told the teens as much, and they asked if they could leave the doggie at my home for the time being as they had to head off. Seeing no other option and not wanting to leave the dog alone on the streets, I agreed. I have a major soft spot for animals and I would feel so bad if I didn’t help!
I carried the doggie back and left him with my dad while I went to finish my mailing. Jackie and Fatty were NOT happy with their new guest, with their tails puffed up and growling fiercely at him. Even then, the dog was wagging its tail happily at them! He is such a sweetie. In that short period of time, he managed to win my dad over, following my dad around and putting his head on my dad’s lap. Mom came back a while later and said she recognized the dog; it belonged to an elderly couple living in the same block as us.
I got back home in the evening to find my mom sitting at the void deck with the doggie. The cats were so unhappy, she didn’t want to risk a fight between the animals! Also, she wanted to see if anyone who passed by would recognize the dog and know his owner. He was so sweet though, sitting up and wagging his tail whenever someone walked past. He got a lot of attention and petting from the neighbours! Other times though, he would lie flat down with a sad, moping look on his face. I think he was missing his owner badly.
I told the girls from earlier that I was going to search my block to look for his owner, and they came by to help. It turns out that both my mom and I had mistaken this dog for my neighbour’s brown and white Shih Tzu, which was safe and sound at home. They did look pretty similar! We spent a good part of the evening asking around the block, but to no avail. We did get a couple of offers from neighbours to help foster the dog once they learnt of the situation. In the end, I printed out some Found Dog posters and the teens helped to paste them around the blocks nearby, and we handed the dog over to my neighbour to spend the night. I’d also posted about him on my Facebook page, and asked for help to spread the post.
I woke up in the morning to find a barrage of calls and some texts saying that they know the owner of the dog, and his name is Bruno. I called one and a auntie answered the phone. She explained that she was the neighbour of the family who owned the dog, and was helping them take care of Bruno while they were away. They had some renovations underway and when they were moving some furniture in yesterday afternoon, Bruno took the chance and snuck out the open door. The auntie came over to verify if the dog was indeed Bruno. When I met her, she told me how frantic she’d been and how she’d searched for him the whole night, even leaving the door open and hoping he would find his way back. When he didn’t, she sought help from her neighbours to look for any information both online and offline. The social media posts and Found posters worked, and she managed to contact me to get Bruno back.
This is one of the times where I’m really glad for social media. We managed to get Bruno back to his guardian in less than 24 hours. Without social media, we would probably still have got him back to his guardian, but I daresay it would definitely have taken longer. Also, the help from the teens and offers from the neighbours really touched me, that so many strangers were willing to help a lost dog. Faith in humanity, RESTORED! All of us banded together to help a lost dog. I also got to know my neighbours better through this episode, which is always helpful! I also discovered one thing about myself: that no matter how busy I am, I can always take the time out to help an animal in need. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself otherwise.