From New Hampshire to Montana it is approximately 2314 miles. By car it takes roughly 36 hours but one four legged wonder made the trip in a matter of minutes. She bounded in my front yard in late October. The house windows were all open to allow a much anticipated blast of nature’s fall air flow indoors.
It was a Friday night and my teenage girls were busying themselves preparing to hang out with their friends. The doggie sauntered by the window with what appeared as not a care in the world. I whistled from inside the window and she turned with excitement in her eyes, like I’ve been found. I could tell right away she was friendly. Her tail wagging sped up and she was ready for rescue.
When she caught site of the whistle blower though she seemed disappointed and continued on her search. She continued down the street before I could reach outside and call her back. I began to worry, it was obvious she was lost. She didn’t have a collar but a pretty brown coat and caring eyes let me know that she had a family she was desperate to get back to them.
My daughters, who only moments earlier where wrapped up in their hair products and talking about going to the Drive In movie, sprang into action. Operation dog rescue became in effect. We didn’t have to go far because once outside she wondered back to our yard as if to say, “You remember me, I was just here? Do you think you can help me find my home?” We put out a big bowl of water and began a photo session to which she kindly modeled.
Fall in the state of Montana is a bit too brisk for opening windows and going to the Drive In movie but on Montana Ave NE in St. Petersburg, Florida in a sleepy water front subdivision where all the streets are named after the states of the U.S., it is a perfect fall evening. It was time to get this pictures on the net and email inboxes for people to share in hopes we could find her family.
I followed these quick easy steps to help a lost pet to find her way back home:
- 1. Exercise caution when approaching stray animals.
Even regularly friendly animals who are lost may become aggressive during a very stressful time of being away from home.
- 2. Try not to feed a lost pet
Once a lost pet is off his/her feeding schedule they become anxious to get back to familiar settings. As pet nurtures our first instinct is to provide for their needs but remember the most immediate need is to return home.
- 3. Get a variety of pictures to distribute.
Every digital forum is different in picture requirements but the more pictures you have the easier it is for families to recognize their lost pet from online pictures.
- 4. Post a picture, recognizable details and a location regarding the lost pet.
Every pet is unique. Try to find a physical or disposition trait that any pet owner would immediately recognize about their loved one.
- 5. After your lost pet is sufficiently hydrated and pictures are posted on the lost and found local websites, if possible walk around with him/her. Chances are his or her family members are walking around the same area searching as well.
The next morning our four legged friend is still hanging out with my family. After another hearty meal and walking we knew she was ready for home. We knew that she was an older dog by some of her physical characteristics but she was smart and knew that this was temporary and she behaved well.
That next night we received an email from a post in a local lost and found section stating, “That is our Molly and we live on New Hampshire Ave NE.” It was literally around the corner from Montana Ave NE.
Molly returned home safe and sound to which my family is delighted. There are many lost pets as I experienced on Molly’s journey from New Hampshire Ave NE to Montana Ave NE, please consider advocating for the safe return of lost pets in your local area.