Late this afternoon, an unaccompanied dog showed up at the dog park when Joey and I were there. We let him into the park, of course, where he would be safe, and could have a good time, while we figured out how to get him reunited with his human.
He looked familiar, but no one at the park could remember his name or knew his human. He skillfully eluded us when we tried to get close enough to check his collar for tags. So, I snapped this picture of him and texted it to Chief Ed Moore, who promptly responded. Very soon after, Officer Stroka arrived.
Alas, Officer Stroka didn't have any better luck than the rest of us at getting a look at the dog's collar, but she did have the brilliant idea of luring him into the vestibule of the dog park, where it would be easier to corner him. With the help of Charlie the Weimaraner, that was accomplished.
It was then discovered the dog had his human's phone number on his collar. The number was called, but the call went to voice mail, and a message was left. Soon after the pup had been taken into custody by Officer Stroka and was on his way to the police station, his human called and was told where she could find her wayward pup. A reunion of dog and human soon followed. Happy ending, thanks to the HPD.
It turns out the dog loves the dog park and is a frequent visitor, even though none of us who were at the dog park when he arrived could remember his name. It's so nice to know that dogs, when they are out on their own, head for the dog park, where they are sure to find humans who will do their best to get them safely home again.
Afterword: I apologize if I got the gender of the dog wrong. We were all more interested in finding the dog's human than determining his/her gender.
"Micropolitan Diary" is Gossips' homage to and blatant imitation of "Metropolitan Diary" in the New York Times. The term micropolitan was coined (by Gossips) because Hudson is a metropolis in microcosm.
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