By Jackie Dale
My work on this column was briefly delayed by the easiest rescue and reunion I have ever facilitated. I arrived home from teaching a morning yoga class to find a giant mastiff and a matching puppy parked across the street from my rural home.
By the time I parked and got some leashes, the pair had left and was wandering down the road. My daughter and I ran down the street and located them in the nearby orange grove. The mastiff was very friendly so we leashed both dogs and walked them back to our property.
We proceeded to make two large signs using neon green poster board that we were lucky enough to have on hand. I also took a picture and posted it on Facebook. A couple of hours later I saw a truck pause in front of the sign and then pull into my driveway. It turns out the dog’s owners had awakened that morning to find their gates open, their livestock out and the dogs missing. They had been searching the surrounding neighborhoods for hours before seeing our sign.
The dogs had traveled about two miles from home, including crossing a busy main road. The owners were extremely happy and grateful to have found their dogs safe and sound. There is nothing quite like the feeling of reuniting a lost pet with its frantic owner. It is definitely a good feeling, that’s for sure...