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Ever Lost a Pet?
Technology and the media improve chances of being found
Boston Terriers aren't typically known for roaming such long distances.

When I opened today’s paper, the front page featured the ecstatic reunion between Denise Shepard and her Boston Terrier Frankie. He had been missing for three months. During that time, the little guy somehow managed to travel 200 miles from his home in Battle Creek, Michigan, to a suburb of Chicago. A tiny microchip in Frankie’s neck allowed this story to have a happy ending.

Of course, I’m thrilled to see pet-owner reunions--we had one with our naughty black cat last summer--but when I read this morning’s headline, I thought, “Really, another one?” It seems like everywhere I look--newspapers, magazines, blogs, TV, Facebook--someone is reuniting with their lost pet. Are there more reunions due to microchips, pet detectives via the Internet, or is it simply more media coverage?

My cynical self knows that human interest stories involving pets sell papers, but is it possible that the mainstream media is recognizing how important our pets are to us? That they are worthy of making the front page because they are beloved family members and not “just” a dog?

Have you ever been reunited with a lost pet? If so, did you use Facebook or the Internet to help with the search? Did the media cover your reunion?
 

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Julia Kamysz Lane, owner of Spot On K9 Sports and contributing editor at The Bark, is the author of multiple New Orleans travel guides, including Frommer’s New Orleans Day by Day (3rd Edition). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.

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Submitted by Lainey | May 12 2010 |

What I would like to know is, how did the pet get lost in the first place? Did they dump the dog? Did they leave it at a shelter? What's up with that?

Submitted by Julia Kamysz Lane | May 12 2010 |

Lainey, click on the link in the first paragraph. That will take you to the original story.

Submitted by Gail | May 12 2010 |

I think that there are more pets being reunited due to increased use of microchips and ID's. Being close to the microchip program through AKC/CAR I know that there's also better communication between the microchip registration groups too. If you contact one group with a number that they don't have, they will go and check with the other groups for you to see if they can find it. Cooperation between groups such as AVID, HomeAgain, AKC/CAR and others means that more pets find their back to their owners and in record time.

Submitted by kvincent | May 13 2010 |

In New Orleans, sometimes people will take your dog from your yard then wait for the reward signs. This happened to me while I was dog-sitting my aunt's dog. What really brought results was that I went out and spoke to every kid on a bike in the neighborhood - they know EVERYTHING! I had Sport back safe and sound in less than 24 hours.

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