This is "Baby Girl" with me. She lives in Utah, we are in New Mexico. She was visiting with her owner and was stolen from a yard 30 minutes to the north, from where I live. She was most likely dumped in our area shortly after being stolen. The owner searched for her for 2 weeks and only found her collar. He needed to get back to Utah and left believing he would never see his beautiful Baby Girl again. Unknown to him she had wandered onto the property of a dog loving local and he fell in love with Baby Girl. Lucky for her to find a great place to land. She arrived dehydrated and starving. He fed and watered her and decided to keep her. (This is against County Ordinance but we suspect most people don't understand what they are required to do if they find a lost dog here. We're working on that!) She stayed with him for two weeks then headed on down the road, literally. Again choosing to hang at the home of dog friendly people-smart girl! But these folks knew to call us. They too loved this sweet girl but have two dogs and couldn't keep her. Jeannie Cornelius, our Executive Director and I headed over to scan her to see if she might have a chip. We would also bring her back to our foster kennel on my property. Sure enough she has a Home Again chip! I immediately called and the owner was beside himself, sure he had lost her forever! He can't get back to New Mexico until the weekend so she'll stay here for a few weeks, but not in the kennel! She is great with other dogs and is inside with "the Littles" as we call them, until her owner arrives. Another wonderful reunion story thanks to microchipping!
UPDATE: The day before Baby Girl was to be reunited we received a text that the owner could not keep her due to a move to care for an ill brother in another state. The apartment complex does not allow dogs and his parents are to elderly to care for this large, young, energetic girl. We immediately placed a post in out local email list serve saying she was available. We would only consider exceptional homes for this exceptional pup. The man who had cared for her when she was first dumped in Dixon called to beg that he keep her! He was head over heels for this beauty! He lacks the required fenced yard but is currently putting one up! In the meantime we loaned him a 10 x 10 kennel so she is safe when he is not at home. She gets a daily walk, has two dog siblings, one of whom is very old but plays like a puppy when she is around, and sleeps inside on her own soft bed. Having her adopted locally gives us the opportunity to check in on her and assist when needed. She is one lucky dog!