One dog found, another lost
April 28, 2005
Aoife, the missing six-month-old bulldog puppy was anonymously returned to her Ranchos home, the day after an article appeared in The Record-Courier. Owner Kristin Harris credits the newspaper with the dog’s return.
“A woman called me at work. She knew my first and last name and the only place she could have gotten that information, was from your article,” Harris said. “Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity.”
The puppy, who has a heart condition and needs medication, was unharmed and is doing fine. She’s wrestling once again with Harris’ first dog, an old English bulldog named Jack, who quit eating after the puppy disappeared.
Harris, who is a vet assistant at Carson Valley Veterinary Hospital, said she got the puppy a couple of months ago.
“She was coming in for treatment and because of her condition, she was being given away, free to a good home. It was sad,” Harris said. “I already had an old English bulldog and he was lonely. Now, they absolutely love each other.”
Bodie Flats resident Linda Moore hasn’t had as much luck finding Rosie, a rare red fox Labrador retriever who slipped out the door April 20 and hasn’t been seen since.
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“I’m devastated,” Moore said. “I lost seven of my dogs in a fire two years ago and she was the one I kept to get my business started up again.”
Moore, who has bred these dogs for years, just had her first litter with Rosie since that tragedy, but there were complications.
The dog has a scar from the cesarean section she needed to deliver the puppies, in addition to an identification tattoo on her stomach.
“I’ve driven miles looking for her and distributed fliers at stores and vet offices,” she said “There’s been no response.
“She’d come to anyone. She’s a love,” Moore said.
Moore contacted a professional handler and was about to start showing the dog, who slept by her bed every night.
“I miss her,” she said.
The dog was last seen in the Ruhenstroth/Pinenut area. Anyone with information regarding the young labrador is asked to call Harris at 265-9484 or 292-0221.
— Susie Vasquez can be reached at email@example.com or 782-5121, ext. 211.
Once Harris got her bulldog back, she wasted no time having her microchipped, an identification method used to protect pets against loss or theft.
The chip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, is injected into the animal using a needle. It has an identification number programmed into it and most are inserted when pets go in for other surgery, like spaying or neutering, said Teresa Bash, a vet assistant at Jobs Peak Veterinary Hospital.
“It’s a sure way to get your dog or cat back if they go to the pound,” she said.
Unlike the traditional dog tag, this type of identification is permanent. Animal shelter personnel can easily read the chip and call the owner.
The chip costs $57.23 at Jobs Peak, Bash said.