Honey’s birthday week has been more than just fun and games.
In the middle of long walks, play time, and snowy outdoor dining with her (hopefully) favorite people, Honey also helped reunite a wandering dog with his person.
Way to go, Honey, for helping to bring a lost dog home.
What To Do If You See A Lost Dog
If you love dogs, you’ve probably lost one.
A repair person leaves the door and the back gate open. Your dog bolts in fear and tears the leash out of your hands. Or you turn around for one second and your dog finds one loose board in the fence and goes wandering.
If it hasn’t happened to you, you’re lucky.
No only have we felt the fear of briefly losing a dog, we’ve met other loose dogs on our walks several times over the years. Luckily, Honey knows just what to do.
Honey’s breed, her nature, and the hours we spent socializing her have contributed to her being a friendly and non-threatening ball of fluff.
When my husband and I are walking without Honey and we see an off-leash dog, the dog usually avoids us. But if Honey is at our side, we become lost dog magnets.
And it happened again this weekend.
Honey Gets Her Flirt On
Mike handed Honey’s leash to me while saying, “There’s an off-leash dog over there. You take Honey.”
Since we didn’t know the dog or his intentions, Mike positioned himself between Honey and the strange dog who continued to approach, slowly.
Pretty soon the mystery dog was gamboling across the street, waving his tail loosely and play bowing in response to Honey’s flirty tail.
I kept a hold on Honey’s leash while the two played on the side walk. After their quick burst of playful energy, I asked Honey to sit so Mike could read the lost dog’s tag. He lived just down the block.
We didn’t have a spare leash. And I didn’t want to risk lending Honey’s leash to this dog on a busy street. So we counted on Honey’s charms to keep the dog by our side as we walked him home.
The mystery dog continued to jump and play with Honey as we walked him toward his home. He didn’t leave Honey’s side until we arrived at his front door and his person came out to wrangle him.
And we thanked Honey for being such a flirt and a saver of lost dogs.
Saving A Lost Dog By Accident
Honey’s personality makes coaxing lost dogs home a sure thing. But even our last dog, reactive Shadow, served the same role.
We had been working with Shadow for a while to calm her reactions to other dogs on leash. But I worried when I saw the strange dog approaching us on a walk. I had nowhere to go. I just held Shadow’s leash loosely and tried to send calm feelings to her.
Luckily, the lost dog was a calm fella. He was just out for a joy walk.
Using Shadow as a lure, I was able to coax him home with us and contain him in the back yard until we were able to find his person by posting flyers and putting a message on Craiglist.
I would never have expected growling, barking, lunging Shadow to help to bring a lost dog home. But she surprised me. And it was a healing moment for me to see her responding calmly to another dog out on a walk.
Don’t Chase; Lure
Chasing a lost dog is a natural instinct. And one that’s very dangerous.
Mel Freer of No Dog About It suggests that if you see a lost dog you should Stop, Drop, and Lie Down.
But I’d add one more tip if you see a lost dog while walking your own: flirt. It just might save a life. And get a lost dog home.
Thanks For Honey’s Birthday Party
I have really enjoyed seeing your wonderful pictures of your dogs having fun in honor of Honey’s birthday week. Hop on over to see them all.
But we have to make special mention of the birthday hat wearing goldens from Darbi Jo the Golden Retriever and Harley the golden doodle singing Happy Birthday with a little help from his hu-mom.
I enjoyed seeing running corgis and playing pups so much I forget to be sad about Honey turning middle-aged. Thanks everyone.
Your Turn: Have you ever helped to reunite a lost dog with his or her person? Did you dog help?