A Happy Ending (have tissues ready)

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Hound dog, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

  2. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    That is so amazing. Another pet rescue!!! (hold on while I put my tissue down.)

    Thank goodness for the chip. That poor little girl all these years.

  3. HereWeGoAgain

    HereWeGoAgain Grandpa

    That's great!

    I can empathize especially because I had a similar experience growing up. Not nearly as poignant, since the animal involved is less cuddly and I was not quite as devoted to it, but...

    When I was 7 or 8 I had a pet turtle (actually a tortoise, I think) that we had picked up off the road. We lived in CA and I heard about the turtle races in Sausalito. So I started "training" my turtle. I built a "run" out of 2X4s and would put him (I assumed it was a "him") at one end and a piece of lettuce at the other, then thump his shell to make him run. He never did learn to run. One day I was in the yard "training" Sam when my friends came by. We all ran off to play a neighborhood game of tag or something and Sam was forgotten. When I remembered about him and went to check, he was gone. I looked and looked and could not find him. I was so upset. I felt guilty for leaving him out. I even asked God to bring him back to me.

    A year or two later my dad went to work for the State Department. We sold the house and went overseas for five years.

    My parents kept in touch with the family that bought the house, and we stopped there to visit them on our return to the States. While we were there, they mentioned the turtle that lived in the yard. Incredibly, it was Sam! He had an unmistakable crack in his shell. He was then about twice as big as when I last saw him.

    Tortoises are long-lived creatures so I would not be surprised if Sam lives in the yard to this day.

    PS - The photo of little Natalie looks just like easy child 1! The resemblance is uncanny.
  4. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    This is so sweet. I don't know how old the dog was when he got lost, but I wouldn't be so sure that he didn't know where he was. Animals sometimes have amazing memories.

    HWGA - what a story. Very neat.
  5. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    What a great story!
  6. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    Awesome, and a wonderful incentive to chip your pets. I get so frustrated with my bro because he refuses to let us chip his beloved border collie. It drives me crazy - this is my NEPHEW for crying out loud!!

    Bro refuses because he doesn't want "the man" looking into his life. Not sure who "the man" is, though I assume he means the government. My folks and I offered to split the cost as his birthday or Christmas present, several times.

    I have both my cats chipped. One came that way, Capn got his same time he was fixed. Even Sweetie had a chip.

    Total 3 hanky story, thanks for posting!
  7. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Wow, that's amazing.
    When I first read your post, with-o having read the article, I thought, wouldn't the dog be better off with-its new family after all these yrs? And then it turned out it was at a shelter.
    I've had neighbors who have "rescued" dogs and kept them, with-o another thought as to whose dog it is. Any time I rescue a stray (as opposed to one already in a shelter), I watch the classifieds and put up flyers.

    This is truly an amazing story. And beagles are so cute!