For six days a young woman wore a bikini and held up signs about her lost dog in her neighborhood hoping to draw attention to her plight. Her tactics did get local and national news attention, eventually leading to the return of her chihuahua.
Her tiny best friend somehow had slipped away two weeks ago when out for a walk and bathroom break. All the media attention finally resulted in contact from a school nurse who had found the dog named Chispeta. The distraught owner had tried a pet psychic, pet Amber Alert, and making signs she held up with photos of her dog while wearing high heels and a bikini standing on a median in the middle of a busy street.
Initially it seemed her efforts would come to nothing, and even attracted unwanted attention from a man who claimed to have information about her dog, but made advances through email and text messages.
Once her dog was returned she planned to have a microchip implanted, so the owner’s information will remain with it if lost again. Implantable microchips can help lost dogs be identified, as with this recent case when a Virginia dog was found in California eight years after going missing.
According to MissingPetPartnerships.org the main reasons dogs get lost are opportunistic journey, wanderlust and blind panic. The first two are initiated by the dogs themselves when they seek other locations depending on their home living conditions, and the last occurs when they are near very loud noises such as thunder, fireworks, or gunshots and simply bolt to get away from the scary sound. Because dogs are capable of running for miles at a time, they might run so far they no longer know where they are and become lost.
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