It was a wild night - literally - around here yesterday. At about 5:00 pm, a distraught woman walked through our front door, in tears. She had been walking her dog off leash in the field across the street. Apparently our local coyote came to the edge of the field in protest. The dog charged the coyote and they both disappeared into the woods, a frightening scene for anyone.
That's when Natalie, Jerimiah, Kat, Liz, Michelle, Brendan and Marlene all sprang into action. They took off on foot and in vehicles, calling and searching for the dog. Into the creek, through the mudholes out there, and across Newport way, it was all hands on deck.
20 long minutes went by with no sign of either animal, yet still they did not give up. Finally, someone heard the dog's tags; Natalie crawled into the bushes and coaxed the poor guy out. Scared, but unharmed, he came to a 'Come Here' command. Kat then used one of her shoestrings as a makeshift leash, so he wouldn't run off into traffic. He was returned to his worried owners shortly thereafter, to the relief of everyone.
You know, the whole staff could have easily let this dog owner search for her own pet... yet it never occurred to them to not step up and help. I am proud of the dynamo dog handlers at Riverdog, who treat EVERY dog - whether they are Riverdog clients or not - as one of their own.
Well done, people. You are the BEST.
*Note: If you choose to walk your pet in the field across from Riverdog, please keep your dog on leash, in order to comply with local leash laws and to not disturb the local wildlife. There are several dog parks close by if you prefer to exercise your pet off leash.