Today is Lost Dog Awareness Day, a day created to bring attention to both dogs that go missing as well as to celebrate the joyful reunions of pets that have been found. A family pet is lost every two seconds. Over 10 million pets are lost each year. One out of three pets is lost during their lifetimes. Only one in ten is found. So yeah, these are pretty gloomy statistics, which is why raising awareness is so important. It’s also extremely important to have you dog microchipped so if found people can locate you. In some cases, however, reunions come from the sheer will of a little dog, determined to return home.
In 1923, Bobbie, a two-year-old Scotch Collie/English Shepherd mix was separated from his owners and lost while on a road trip in Indiana. The family attempted an exhaustive search, but the dog was never found and they had to return to their home in Silverton, Oregon. Heartbroken, they were certain they would never see their beloved dog again. Six months later, they had a shocking discovery when they found Bobbie on their doorstep, mangy and scrawny, having traveled plains, desert, and mountains for over 2,551 miles (4,105 km) to get back home. Later dubbed Bobbie the Wonder Dog, he quickly became famous and the subject of articles, books and movies.
Stories like this abound, albeit on a much smaller scale, showing the incredible love and affection that dogs have for their human families. Today is a day to celebrate that devotion and send some positive energy into the world for anyone who might currently be missing their beloved pet. Though in some cases, it may seem like there may never be a happy ending, love can make amazing things happen. And as is the case with most things in life, no matter what happens, always remember – never lose hope.
Join me any and all days you like during April by celebrating a National or International Day with a doodlewash! Tag your image #doodlewashaday and I’ll feature everyone who played along on doodlewash.com at the end of the month!