When Booger the Chihuahua/Corgi mix went missing last week, his family was heartbroken. Not only were they worried about Booger’s safety, but the owner’s brother, a disabled adult, was devastated about the loss of his friend.
Not long after Booger went missing, Amberly Clark, an employee at the American Tavern in Loganville, found a little dog hiding under her car.
She knew just what to do. A member of a group, Lost and Found Pets of Walton and Gwinnett Counties, Clark immediately got hold of fellow member Emily Goldstein.
“Whenever I get a call at midnight from Amberly, I know just what it is,” Goldstein said. “I said, ‘You know the drill, send me pics.’”
Goldsten then notified local animal shelters, made up ads, posted them on Monroe Local News and circulated them on all the lost and found animal boards and websites. It didn’t take more than a couple of days for Goldstein to find a note posted on one of the ads. It gave the name Cherry Blackford, a phone number and a message, “That’s my dog. Please call.”
“So I did – and she explained to me that her brother is disabled and so distraught that Booger had been missing for days. I could tell how important it was to get Booger home to him,” Goldstein said, adding that she immediately tried to get hold of Clark to let her know. “When I couldn’t wake Amberly, I called her mom.”
The photo says it all.
“Just by seeing the pic of the reunite you can tell how important Booger is to his life,” Goldstein said.
After a week of animal cruelty cases and sad stories last week, the Pet Section had a good run of “Reunited” headlines this week, including one missing for a year.
Jon and Missy Ward were able to reunite Poco the Husky that had been running loose for a year.
“Poco was one of our very first lost pets when we created Barrow County Lost and Found Pets almost a year ago, Jon Ward said, adding they kept him in the lost album and circulating his picture. “We had many sightings over the course of a year with one even being hit on Halloween about three miles from where he was caught.”
Finally this week, after a year, someone was able to get Poco cornered and reunited with his owner. After being out on the loose for so long, Poco was a little skittish and also had an injured leg. He is, however, back home – another testament to the fact that you should never give up.
“Missing for one year and he is now is home,” Goldstein said. “Scared, confused and injured – but HOME.”
And these were not the only ones this week. As you can see by the Reunited section, thanks to the hard work of these animal advocates, there were many “Happy Tails” this week.