Tonya was once a homeless dog. She was rescued by Almost Home Foundation, and they in turn helped her find her forever home – with a wonderful woman, Dianne. It was to be a happy-ever-after kind of story. But something unexpected happened along the way…
Dianne lost her job. She moved back home, to Erie, Pennsylvania, to be near her family and find work. One weekend, Dianne’s father headed to their getaway home in Maryland with Tonya and his own dog. The dogs managed to escape, lost in a faraway place neither was familiar with.
Ten miles away, the dogs were fortunate to be spotted in the yard of Mary, who had two of her own. This woman took the dogs in, then began a search for the family they belonged to. The father’s dog managed to escape this property, too, somehow finding his way back to the weekend home. But there was still Tonya, who was taken to a vet to be scanned for a microchip.
Almost Home Foundation ensures all the adoptable pets are microchipped; and in so doing, is listed initially as the owner if scanned. Dianne had never updated Tonya’s chip with her own contact information. So AHF was contacted about a “found” dog – in Maryland.
At the other end, AHF co-founder, Chuck, began the search for Tonya’s adoptive guardian. According to adoption records, Diane lived in a Chicago suburb. Calls to phone numbers listed for her name were futile; the numbers were now disconnected. Chuck could not find any other information about Dianne. It seemed to be a dead end.
|Dianne, Tonya, Brittany; Jeff, Mary|
Then, during a phone conversation between the two, Mary told Chuck she remembered noticing the state of Pennsylvania listed on a tag on the father’s dog. Since they’d been found in Maryland, it seemed a stretch – but worth considering that perhaps that was where the dogs had come from.
Eventually, Chuck was able to locate Dianne in Pennsylvania, and was tickled to the bone to be able to make that wonderful call, letting her know Tonya had been found and was safe – ten miles from her family’s weekend home. One can only imagine how Dianne felt getting that phone call!
Arrangements were made, and Dianne was able to personally meet the woman who’d gone the extra mile to ensure that her sweet Tonya was safe and back with her loving person. And two best friends were reunited.
Without that microchip,the kindness of a dog-loving stranger, and Chuck’s persistence, Tonya would surely not be back home with her human companion today. She had moved from Chicago to Pennsylvania; that weekend she’d been transported to Maryland. She and her buddy had managed a ten-mile hike before being found that fateful day in a backyard!
Dianne adopted Tonya – formerly a stray – from our rescue, Almost Home Foundation.
Mary’s daughter, Brittany, proudly wears a tribute to dogs that have touched their hearts –
And yes, this happy-ending story involved pit bulls. Go figure.
Today is a very special day. Our buddy, Corbin, is celebrating his birthday! Being the awesome pittie that he is, he decided he wanted to spread awareness about pit bulls and what they’re really all about. So today is Bogville Pittie Post Day, declared as such by our very own friend Corbin – please help in sharing the stories linked below, to raise awareness and set the record straight about these wonderful dogs!