For a doggy daycare operation, word-of-mouth is generally considered the best advertisement for bringing in new customers.
But this may be the most golden recommendation of all.
“Someone walked in the door and they said there’s a dog sitting out here waiting to come in,” said Happy Dogs Café owner Teresa McCarter.
McCarter opened the door and in came Riley, a golden retriever who, though he is a frequent customer, wasn’t scheduled for a visit that day.
Riley immediately ran back to the daycare area to greet at least 20 of his canine friends.
Riley’s owner, Tonia Mosteller, said she and Riley had driven past the daycare earlier in the day. Riley whimpered when he saw some of his friends being walked by a staff member. Back at home, she put him in the back yard and left to run some errands.
“I noticed Riley watching me carefully as I left, but I didn’t think too much about it,” Mosteller told WBTV.
Somehow, Riley managed to unlatch the gate. Because Mosteller often walks him to the daycare in downtown Belmont, he knew the way there.
The daycare owner said she looked around for Riley’s owner when she opened the door for him before figuring out “he just decided to put himself in daycare that day.”
Happy Dogs called Mosteller to let her know Riley was there, but they recommended she let him stay for the day — at no charge.
“He got a free day of daycare and he worked really hard for that day,” McCarter said.
(Photo: Courtesy of Happy Dogs Cafe)
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Posted by John Woestendiek May 13th, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: alone, animals, belmont, charlotte, day care, dog, doggy day care, dogs, escaped, golden retriever, happy dogs cafe, iur, north carolina, pets, riley, unescorted
Qondor, a Norwegian Army patrol dog who somehow escaped from his crate before a flight at Dulles International Airport and disappeared, has been found and reunited with his owner, the Washington Post reports.
Qondor, a 21-month-old Doberman, is a specialist in the Norwegian Army. He focuses on patrols and is being trained in explosives detection. Qondor and his handler, Captain Gunn Anita Fossli, flew into Dulles last Wednesday for a dog training course in northern Virginia, according to NBC 4.
Their original flight back to Norway was canceled because of the volcano in Iceland. On Wednesday night they were offered a new flight, Qondor was missing in action. He somehow escaped from his crate at about 10 p.m.
Airport officials drove Fossli around the 12,000 acre complex to the places Qondor was spotted Wednesday night, but the search was called off because “it was dark and the fog was coming.”
Early Thursday Qondor was found, briefly escaped again, and was recaptured again before boarding a flight home to Norway.
Posted by John Woestendiek April 23rd, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: airport, animals, army, crate, detection, doberman, dog, dulles, escaped, explosives, handler, news, norway, norwegian, pets, qondor, washington
Luna, a deaf but resourceful bulldog mix who escaped from a veterinary hospital in New York and was missing for more than a week, has been returned to her owners.
A surveillance tape at Shaker Veterinary in Latham showed Luna pushed open her crate door on Jan 2. She went through several more doors and then managed to open the main door of the hospital by pulling down a handicapped handle and pushing it open.
After the dog, who had been at the hospital for a couple of days, was reported missing, her owners, Ralph Rataul and his wife, Shelley, put up an $800 reward, which included their money, a contribution from Shaker Veterinary Hospital and donations from friends.
A story on her escape appeared in the Albany Times Union, and concerned citizens in the area are believed to have left food out for the dog after hearing about her — Dee Dee’s Tavern, for one, which put out some prime rib. Over the weekend, 200 volunteers searched for Luna, and family members and friends spent hours driving around on lunch hours and after work looking for her, the newspaper said.
On Monday, a couple found Luna in their backyard in Loudonville — more than a week after her disappearance — a couple of miles from the veterinary hospital.
Recognizing her from a story in Sunday’s Times Union, the couple tried to lure Luna inside, but she resisted. They called the veterinary hospital and the hospital staff called Rataul, who came and picked her up.
“I’m overjoyed,” Rataul said Monday. “This is unreal. She’s home, she’s safe.”
The couple, who adopted the dog three years ago, had feared the worst, due to the dog’s handicap.
“She’s not an outdoors dog, not a hunting dog, but some instinctual stuff must have kicked in” said Ken Wolfe, assistant director of the hospital. “Whatever she was doing, she was doing it right.” Luna lost 12 pounds but was in good shape, the vet said.
The couple who found Luna in their backyard, meanwhile, turned down the reward money, asking that it go to charity. Rataul said half of the reward will be donated to the ASPCA and the other half to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.
(Photo: Luna and owner Ralph Rataul. By Skip Dickstein/Albany Times Union)
Posted by John Woestendiek January 13th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: albany times union, bulldog, bulldog mix, deaf, dog, escaped, escapes, found, happy ending, hospital, latham, lost, loudonville, luna, new york, ralph rataul, reward, shaker veterinary hospital, veterinary
Hoping to avoid a repeat of what happened with a Minnesota police dog named Felony, more police departments in the area are microchipping members of their K-9 units.
Midwest Animal Rescue Services (MARS) placed microchips in all 15 of the St. Paul police department’s dogs Tuesday, and microchipped nine dogs for the Minnesota State Patrol.
“We have departments from all over the state, western Wisconsin, even one from South Dakota has called us to get this done,” Dave Fleischhaker of MARS told TV station KARE in Minneapolis-St. Paul. “And yes, we will chip everyone who gives us a call.”
The rescue organization extended the microchipping offer to every police department in Minnesota after hearing about the plight of Felony, a black lab that worked as a drug sniffing dog for the Howard Lake Police Department.
Felony escaped his kennel and was eventually captured by the local dog catcher. He wasn’t microchipped and after he failed a behavioral examination he was euthanized by the local animal shelter.
Yesterday’s microchipping is being paid for by Midwest Animal Rescue Services, which is raising the money through contributions.
Posted by John Woestendiek January 6th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animal control, dogs, escaped, euthanized, felony, howard lake, K-9, k9, mars, midwest animal rescue services, minneapolis, minnesota, police, police dogs, ran away, shelter, st. paul, units
Gary Rowley hadn’t seen Brindle since 1999, when his dog nosed open a door and disappeared into the night.
This past Sunday — thanks to a microchip, Facebook and an animal lover who volunteered to drive the dog 1,300 miles back home from Oklahoma — they reunited at Rowley’s home in Fredricksburg, Virginia.
“He needed a way home,” said Laurie Swain, who flew from Virginia to Oklahoma, then drove the dog back. “If the dog can wander 1,300 plus miles in 10 years I can certainly spend a few days driving.”
Rowley had given up on finding the dog in the decade since he went missing, shortly before the Super Bowl in 1999.
Then, last month, he received a message on Facebook: “Did you ever have a dog named Brindle?”
The question came from an Oklahoma military family who had discovered Brindle hiding under a bush, NBC News in Washington reported. After a local veterinarian found a microchip in Brindle’s neck, the family tracked Rowley down.
“I don’t know what to say. I just can’t believe someone would do this,” Rowley said.
Rowley has no idea how Brindle managed to wander so far from home, but he says it won’t happen again.
“For him to get out now, he’s going to have to turn a knob and flip a dead bolt,” Rowley said. “I’m still thinking about some of those child safety locks.”
Posted by John Woestendiek November 3rd, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: 10 years, 300 miles, brindle, decade, dog, dogs, door, escape, escaped, facebook, fredrickbsurg, gary rowley, lost, microchip, miracle, missing, oklahoma, reunion, reunited, virginia, wandering
One of the Bauer family’s two Blue Lacy game dogs returned after it went missing in the wake of Hurricane Ike.
But, after nearly ten months, they’d all but given up on seeing the second one again.
Earlier this month, after another resident of the neighborhood spotted the second dog, she was reunited with the family, 14 pounds lighter, covered in ticks and fleas, but in otherwise good shape, the Houston Chronicle reported.
“We were telling the kids all the time that if there’s any dog out there that is going to make it on its own, it’s Daizy,” recalls Joe Bauer, of Clear Lake, whose family owns the two Blue Lacy game dogs.
In September, the two dogs, Daizy and Hank, escaped from a kennel after Hurricane Ike. Hank returned, but despite repeated efforts to track down Daizy, she couldn’t be found. Nine months later, though, she was spotted by another resident, who was able to follow the dog in her car to an overgrown easement area she’d apparently been staying in, near some electrical towers about a mile from the kennel.
LaRocca alerted the Bauers, who were able to track Daizy down.
The Bauers went to the area, whistled Daizy’s favorite tune, and the dog came running. The pet was in good shape according to the veterinarian who examined her Friday.
The Blue Lacy, a hunting dog that was named state Dog Breed of Texas by the 79th Legislature, was developed by three brothers from Kentucky who reportecly began interbreeding gryehounds, scent hounds and coyotes.
Posted by John Woestendiek July 31st, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: blue lacy, breed, clear lake, daizy, dog, dogs, escaped, game, hank, hurricane, ike, joe bauer, missing, song, state, ten months, texas, whistle