Twitter: Reuniting Lost Dogs With Owners

By Animal Planet

Dublin, Ireland — WhenDeirdre Anglin discovered that her dog, Patches, was missing, she did what any frantic owner would do. She alerted friends, family, and neighbors of her missing canine and hoped for the best. Little did she know that Patches was only a tweet away.

Meanwhile, Patches, a cheeky Jack Russell, found himself boarding a train headed towards Dublin. Irish Rail, a train service company in Ireland, found the dog and put out a “Lost dog” tweet with a photo of the furry stowaway to their 18,000 followers.The tweet received more that 500 retweets in 30 minutes and three hours later eventually made its way to Anglin.After discovering her dog in Irish Rail’s tweet, Anglin responded back, confirming that it was indeed her missing pooch Patches.

Both Anglin and Irish Rail documented the reunion between owner and pet with a series of tweets and photos of the return trip and car journey home.

Needless to day, Patches had a lot of explaining to do!

Source: Yahoo; Image via Irish Rail


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Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson5 years ago


Stefanie Doerfle Soto

For once social network was there for or a good deed. Good luck Patches

Abbe A.
Azaima A5 years ago

great use of twitter

Darla G.
Darla G5 years ago

Wow, that's wonderful......I'm sure it wouldn't have happened so quickly had it not been for the social media we have now.

Chris Cole
Chris C5 years ago

How in the world was Patches able to board a train? Apparently not being properly watched! Hopefully, a lesson was learned and it will NOT happen again..I hope???? Is Patches micro-chipped???????

Christeen Anderson
Christeen A5 years ago

Glad they are back together.

June M.
June M5 years ago

lovely story..thanks for sharing

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V5 years ago


Cindy Wade
Cindy W5 years ago

Gotta love the power of social networking. I'm glad Patches is home where he belongs :-)

Despina Vekris
Despina Vekris5 years ago