My most memorable birthday party growing up was made so unforgettable for one upsetting reason: my dog decided to take a run through the neighborhood just as my last guest arrived. I was mortified as I requested each of my buddies to help me track him down. Luckily, we were able to finally corner him in a nearby yard and go on with our festivities.
Of course, my heart would’ve been broken and I wouldn’t have cared one bit about my party if we couldn’t find him so quickly. For some owners, that becomes a tragic reality when their four-legged friends have faster paws to keep up with. It’s all just fun and games for the pup, but that can easily turn to sadness when they find themselves too lost to remember their way home.
As days go by, their humans try to remain hopeful for their safe return. However, when months pass without any good news, that hope inevitably fades away to accepting they may never see their cutie ever again. From that day forward, they have a puppy-shaped hole in their heart that just can’t be filled.
That’s exactly what Gunnar had his owners believing for 20 long months before he turned up at the City of Pittsburgh Animal Care & Control shelter. Steve Stoehr, Allegheny County Dog Warden, and his staff had heard about a dog running loose in the area and were happy to discover his microchip leading them to his family.