An ode to Craigslist, microchips, and good people

by Ginger on September 17, 2008

in Random

Normally, I would just post this as an update, but the story is too good to not give all the details (sorry it’s long).

On Monday, I posted about Josie, my mom’s missing dog. Josie, and my mom’s other dog, Jake, have been with my mom for 8 years–through her “empty nest” days, a corporate buy out, a move to Connecticut, a move back to Texas, a divorce, a remarriage, and much more. I joke sometimes that they’ve replaced me on the “important kid” chain…but given that I’m 29 and live 1300 miles away, that’s understandable.

Anyway, I’m rambling. Back to the story.

My point for the exposition was just to point out that, like many many people, my mom’s dogs are more than just pets. They’re family members, and the devotion they have to her is matched by her love and devotion to them. So when I say her heart was broken over Josie going missing, it’s not really an exaggeration. I could hear it in her voice when she told me.

She didn’t call to tell me though–I had called her after work for some inane piece of information–and I’m not sure she would have. My mom’s kind of the stoic, take care of it all herself type. But fate stepped in and had me call for this inane piece of information, and I heard something in her voice, and asked what was wrong. Only then did she tell me about Josie.

In some ways, it was indicative of my least favorite thing about living so far from my family: I felt totally helpless. I could tell my mom was hurting, and I couldn’t DO anything. I couldn’t go out looking for Josie, I couldn’t visit shelters, or knock on neighbor’s doors. The only thing I could think of was to suggest posting something on Craigslist (which, while a fantastic way to find furniture and apartments, felt like the ultimate shot in the dark).

My mom only knew Craigslist vaguely as a place to look for stuff to buy and sell, plus she was wrapped up in the ACTUAL work she was doing of walking the neighborhood, calling shelters, and all, so I offered to post something for her.  “Send me the info you’ve been giving to the shelters, and I’ll post something. It’s the least I can do.” So, besides writing my little blog, I posted a short ad on San Antonio Craigslist about a “Lost Shih Tzu”. I wasn’t able to post any pictures on Monday night, but I included a full description of Josie, and her microchip number and brand. On Tuesday afternoon, I went back and added her photo.

To be honest, I never thought it would really help anything. I thought it was almost as much of a long shot as writing about it on this blog. But then…

At almost 5:00 Tuesday (less than 24 hours after I originally posted the ad)…

My phone rings…

me: Hello?
mom: (through sobs) You found her
me: What? Where? What? I found her?…
mom: You found her because of the posting on Craigslist…
mom: This woman called today. I was out at the humane societies checking to see if  Josie was there, so I wasn’t home to get the messages. The first one said, I think I have your dog. The second one said, I went to the vet and had her scanned, and I KNOW I have your dog!
me: No WAY? Seriously? Where is she?
mom: She’s 120 miles away!! She was picked up along the side of the highway by this woman’s in-laws because they know she wants a Shih Tzu, and she lives 120 miles from here, but checks Craigslist daily because she’s been looking for a Shih Tzu!

If this woman hadn’t been looking for a Shih Tzu, if her in-laws hadn’t picked Josie up knowing that, if she hadn’t checked Craigslist, if I hadn’t posted to Craigslist, if she hadn’t had Josie’s microchip scanned, if Josie hadn’t been micro-chipped, and if she hadn’t been a good enough person to return a much loved family member–even though she wants a dog just like her for herself…who knows if there would have been a happy ending to this story.

From 1300 miles away, I was able to help reunite a dog who was 120 miles away from home thanks to Craigslist, a microchip and a good person.

Pretty cool.

N.C. September 17, 2008 at 5:24 pm

You seriously deserve a gold star for the week for that one, babe. So proud of you!

devon September 17, 2008 at 6:47 pm

Hey- that’s awesome. So did your mom drive the 100+ to get her right away? I bet she did. That’s so wonderful that the woman checked craigslist.

Ginger September 17, 2008 at 9:06 pm

Since it was about 7:30 her time when she found out, she waited until this morning (good thing too, it ended up taking her about 3 hours to get there because of construction). But you know she was itching to do it right away!

Joy @ Big Time Fancy September 18, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Aw! I love happy endings. 🙂 That’s so awesome for your mom.

Chrissy September 18, 2008 at 10:47 pm

OMG!!!! I am so excited and amazed at that wonderful story! WOW! I have no other words…just…WOW!!!!!

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