There is a great story in the news this week about a German Shepherd from South Dakota who was lost a couple of months ago, but - thanks to social media – was recently found in Minnesota and is now back home with his family. With so much bad news in the world, it is refreshing to hear good news, but beyond that, the story brought me to back to Sheba, the Husky-Shepherd-Wolf mix I brought home 31 years ago (!) from the Sioux Falls, SD Humane Society. Sheba was with me for two years until I went on vacation and left Sheba with friends for the week. When I returned from my vacation my friends told me that Sheba ran away from them the day after I left.
For months I was hopeful that Sheba would find her way back home. The first thing I did every morning was go to the front step, hopeful that she had returned in the night and was waiting for me to open the front door and let her in. She never did return, which was difficult not only because I missed her so much but because I didn’t know what happed to her. Was she hit by a car and killed? Did she die alone somewhere in the woods, starving? Did someone take her in and give her a good home? Of course, I hoped for the last option, but never knew.
Anyway, here’s to heart-warming stories about lost pets who are reunited with their families. And thanks to social media and ID chips, may the numbers of lost pets who are never found and returned home become fewer and fewer.