Monday, May 24, 2010

Lost and Found

I have to tell you what happened to some friends of ours. About two and a half years ago they lost  Pinocchio who was their Shih Tzu. He disappeared right out of the yard, leaving behind his family and his collar. His human girl who, although very young at the time, was never any kind of fool called it right away. It was a dognapping, she said. And between the collar and the fact that there was no sign whatever of Pinocchio to be found it did seem like that was what happened. A lot of time went by and it seemed like there was nothing to do but accept that Pinocchio was gone for good and they had no clues as to his whereabouts. This would be bad enough at any time of life, but the family had already suffered about as devastating a loss as a family can. The girl's Daddy had only recently died of cancer while still in his thirties. Still, they eventually had to move on and they got a little girl Teacup Shih Tzu named Lily and got on with life, because really, what could they do?

Well, just a few days ago, Pinocchio's Mom got a call from the local animal shelter. He was microchipped, you see, and they had him there at the shelter. As it turned out, he was found right on their own street. It's looking very much that wherever he was, he was just biding his time until he could make an escape and when he got the chance he lit out for home. His own real home, that is. No Stockholm Syndrome for Pinocchio. When his Mom and his girl went to down to the shelter he was in a cage and as soon as he saw them he went all ballistic with excitement.  And when they had to step into another room to complete paperwork he cried and cried the whole time. But now he's home and everyone is happy except maybe for Lily. I'm sure she'll be just fine with it once she gets used to the idea.

Reunited and it feels so good
 You have to love a happy ending. I do wish that Pinocchio could tell his humans, and the authorities, just where he was for two and a half years, though. Anyone who would steal any dog, let alone a kid's dog deserves a visit from the police dogs. Or just the police. The other thing that I think is kind of interesting about this is that, while there are exceptions, most dogs adjust to rehoming. All of us rescue dogs have had to do it and most of us are quite happy in our new situations. This little guy was not having it. He was the victim of a crime and he seemed to know the difference between that and adoption. Good for him.


  1. WOW! This is an amazing story Lola! Simply amazing. We are so happy for Pinocchio and his family. Mom always laments, if only we could talk... *sigh*.

    Stella, Gunther and Betty

  2. This is why all my dogs are chipped! We returned a collarless dog about a month ago because he was chipped! It's technology wonderful!!


    Mr. Nubbin'

  3. WOW!! That is AMAZING! It was the perfect day to read such a remarkable story.. thank you!


  4. Love to read stories with happy ending... guess Pinocchio had an unplanned two-half years adventure (or maybe a planned adventure to him)... but what's important he's safe at home now. Thanks for sharing the story.

    Licks, hero

  5. I am so glad they were reunited! I'll bet Pinnochio could tell quite a tale of adventure. I'm so happy for him and his girl!


  6. miss lola,
    i'm so glad that there was a happy ending! YAY for pinnochio being reunited with his girl and his mama!!
    the booker man

  7. OH, Lola! What a Most Amazing story! I'm so very much glad that Pinocchio escaped and found his way home. I bets that little girl is the happiest little girl on the whole wide world right now!

    Thanks for such a happy story. I thinks we all needed it today!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  8. What a great story, Lola. Thanks for telling us about it.

  9. such an amazing story.. Happy ending is always the way to go... Thanks for sharing .. and mom reckons that the lil girl must have done something right..


  10. Lola, Mom and I are speechless and that never happens to a Southern girls....oh my word...What a happy ending and such a touching story. Folks get your pets microchipped!!! Thank you for sharing the story and pictures of the sweet reunion.
    Madi and Mom

  11. Oh my god, this is just da greatest happy ending story that evers was. Thank goodness fur microchipping. I do wonders if there is a possibility of a dognapping cuz of da fact that her was a full breeded doggie. I've heard of hoomans doing that, but seriously what do I know...I just work here.
    I am so over da moon they found her. What a horrible thing fur that hooman girl to haves to go through afters loosing her dad.
    Thank you fur sharing that with us.

  12. Wow Lola, that is a very very touching story. you know, the way you narrated it, it sounds like the gist of some super hit hollywood stuff!
    Yeah!u are very very right there. Pinocchio sure could make out the difference between adoption and dognapping!
    PAWmazing, isn't it?
    They say a dawg loves forever. and this story says it all.
    thanks for sharing.

    wags, Buddy n Ginger

  13. Oh my goodness, what a wonderful story with such a thrilling and happy ending! Just goes to show you - never, ever give up hope!

  14. What an amazing story! Love it. Reunited and ... lala la laaaaaa

  15. Pinocchio escapes his evil captors! Yea!Goes to show we should all have our doggies chipped!

  16. That truly is a happy ending. We're so glad that he was reunited with his family and we're sure his new little sissy will learn to love him as well.

  17. What a sad story that turned out to have a very happy ending! Lily will love Pinocchio in time! It looks like that little girl is so happy. Thanks for sharing such a great story.

  18. miss lola,
    yes, the placemats are a super good thingie cuz me and asa kinda get really excited when we eat, and the droolies go everywheres!!
    the booker man

  19. I sure am glad he found his way back home.



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