Thank you. I don't believe you.
August 26, 2013 7:21 PM Subscribe
Our dog was missing for over a week. We're suspicious of the people that returned her. A reward is at stake. Help us settle the debate as to what happened and whether or not we should pony up the reward.
posted by shew to human relations (40 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Our dog got out of our back yard a couple weeks ago while we were at work. The dog is extremely friendly (black lab) and has very obvious tags with names and phone numbers and is micro chipped. She is healthy and happy and never runs too far because she's just so darn happy to see anybody. When we realized she had escaped, we looked and looked and put up signs and posted fliers and went to shelters and called everyone and didn't hear anything for more than a week. By that time, we were sure that she was hurt or dead because she simply would not have gone all that time on the streets by herself without going up to people or trying make a new friend.
8 days after going missing I got a call from someone in the neighborhood - they had our dog and had 'found her wandering the street last night'. The person was calling from 6 blocks away from my house - where she indicated that the dog was found roaming around. I was elated that we had found her and didn't get bogged down in the details. I was given a strange, partial story on the phone: 'The kids were playing outside with the dog after we found her and then it got too late to call. So we're calling now. Come get your dog or I will take her to the shelter.' We rushed right over and retrieved the dog.
Here's the weird part: The dog was returned without her collar. The person who was facilitating the return of the dog handed us her tags (from the original collar, detached and off their keyrings) and said she was 'sorry that the kids took her collar off'. The tags contained the phone number they used to contact me. We thanked them profusely and got out of there without questioning anything. The people returning the dog didn't mention the reward that we had been offering all over town and on all the fliers posted in the neighborhood and on Craigslist.
1) What happened here? The situation with the collar and tags is very strange. Taking tags off a collar takes some work and is only done intentionally, by an adult. We are theorizing that they had intended to keep the dog... first thing you do when you get a new dog is get it a collar! Then maybe the dog became a handful and they changed their minds?
2) Should we offer the reward to these people? We're leaning towards yes. Even if they were somewhat dishonest with the story - had intended to keep her - whatever - we think giving the reward is the right thing to do. If nothing else, it will inspire the people who found her to be honest/neighborly in the future.
Overall, none of the above matters. We have our dog back!