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The Phoenix Files: Miracles Do Happen

The Phoenix Files
Miracles Do Happen

While I can't imagine it ever happening to me, because I am never more than three feet away from my best friend, dogs do get away from even the most responsible pet owners. I overheard a story just this week that made me so glad the Humane Society of Washington County works really really hard to help folks find their pets. In fact, there's even an extension dedicated to Lost and Found Pets--209 to be exact (733-2060, ext. 209 should you ever need it).
Amazingly enough, each and every month, the helpful staff at the HSWC help to reunite about 20 missing pets with their persons...or from my perspective, one would say missing persons with their pets.
I've been around the block a time or two but the story I am about to relay takes the cake.
Here goes. There's this young pup, a Boston Terrier/Beagle mix. Unlike me, with a house, a fenced-in yard and regular walks in the neighborhood or along the C&O Canal, this little guy has truly "lived the life of Riley", traveling the world. (Or at least the United States of America). I say this because his name is Riley and his human companions are truck drivers.
The story goes that his human companions made a quick pit stop in a small town not far from here on a major run to the Midwest. I, unfortunately, don't know where they started. Anyway, at this pit stop, little Riley somehow someway got away from them. The rest stop was along some major interstate highway so you can imagine their distress--and his. They called and called. Riley. Riley. Riley. They walked and walked. They frantically rushed around but alas they had to get back behind the wheel. They had a deadline to meet. The products they were carrying just had to get their destination. They would have to leave this little town, without their little Riley. Where oh where could he be?
From every stop between here and there, they would make phone call after phone call. They would call the Washington County Humane Society on a daily basis. They were far far from home so even if someone were to find Riley and call the number on his ID tag, they would not get an answer. You see, despite all the time spent on the road, they didn't have an answering machine so they feared any finder would eventually give up. If there ever was to be a finder. A small Boston Terrier/Beagle mix would be hard to see from the cab of a long, tall tractor-trailer.
Day after day, the dear sweet young woman at the Humane Society would make calls to other shelters, she placed his information in the newspaper, and his description was posted on the lost and found board. Weeks passed and still there was no news about Riley.
And then one day, out of the blue, a woman called the Humane Society and she said she had found a Boxer. She lived in Hancock. But there wasn't a listing for a lost Boxer in Hancock. The woman then said the dog had a tag on its collar but when she tried to call the number there was no answer. BINGO. It all made sense. Everything came together. Riley had been found.
See, miracles do happen. And this one was made possible because of the dedicated staff at the Humane Society of Washington County. Hip hip hooray.

The Humane Society of Washington County exists to improve the quality of life for abused, neglected, and unwanted animals. 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD. 301-733-2060.

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