A lost mystery dog has a champion looking for his family. “He’s been well-cared for,” said Sandy Caracciolo, an ardent rescuer in Chowchilla, California. “This dog is so amazingly sweet, he is breaking my heart.”
The mystery began when Caracciolo’s children walked a block away to the nearby convenience store. Outside the store, a dog approached them. They called home. “Mom, there’s this dog. It’s following us.”
Caracciolo asked three questions: Is it hurt? Is it skinny? Does it have a collar? The answer to the first two questions was no, and the dog did have a collar, but no tags. Caracciolo figured the dog belonged to someone in the nearby apartment complex who had let the dog out. “Leave the dog,” she advised her kids.
They called back. “The dog keeps following us wherever we go.” So Caracciolo brought the dog home. He sat on her front porch for four hours waiting to go inside. When she locked up her dogs (the male dogs are dog aggressive to other dogs), she brought in the stray.
“The dog is neutered. He knows sit and shake, stay, down. He’s really good at stay. Somebody has to be missing this dog. He’s so well-behaved,” said Caracciolo. The dog spent the night on her couch, sleeping with her daughter. They walked around the neighborhood to see if anyone recognized him. She posted him on her local Facebook rescue page, Chowtown Furbabies. Nothing.
No one knows the dog or where he came from. Caracciolo does have a bit of a clue about where he came from, though — Evansville, Indiana.
Caracciolo did her detective work. She took him to her vet’s office to be scanned. The dog was chipped, and she called the registry to find his information. Unfortunately, no one had registered the chip. Caracciolo didn’t stop there, though.
She asked the company to check the chip number and see who bought that lot of chips, so she could track his owners that way. The lot of chips that his chip was in had been bought by the Evansville Animal Shelter in Indiana. So Caracciolo called the shelter and told them the story. They couldn’t find the chip number, but they told her that they shared their chips with rescues. They didn’t know which rescue might have used that chip.
Several of the rescues she contacted in the Evansville area are looking to see if that chip is from one of their dogs. But in the meantime, Caracciolo had to take the dog, now named “Indie” for Indiana, to the shelter.
“This dog is breaking my heart,” Caracciolo told Shelter Me. “I put him in the shelter yesterday, which killed me, and we were at the shelter today. We clean the kennels and play with the dogs. I brought him outside, and we decided that because the weather is nice, we’d let him stay in an outside kennel for a few hours to get fresh air. We went to leave, and that dog either jumped the fence or climbed it. He was standing in my car at the window!”
Caracciolo marveled at the sweetness of this dog. “He could have bolted and run away. He got into my car! He was like: Let’s go!” And even when she ran back inside the shelter to get her camera, he stayed in the car. He lay in the backseat, waiting to go home. Taking him back into the shelter broke her heart.
Indie is on a 10-day chip hold, and rescues in Indiana are looking for his identity. Until then, this sweet, housebroken, beautifully behaved dog waits at the Chowchilla Shelter. He will be available for adoption or rescue in ten days. He may not be a handsome purebred, but he truly has a heart of gold. This dog is one in a thousand.
Caracciolo commented, “He was really well cared for. Someone loved him. He knows what a doggie bed is – he went right over and curled up in it. He’s a very mellow dog.”
The situation Indie is in could have been avoided had the rescue or the adopter just registered the chip. If you have stories to share about the importance of microchips, please leave comments below.