It would have helped me, too, when my darling dog, Gracie, bolted after I stepped inside a business for, literally, a few seconds last fall. I had tied her leash to a plastic post outside, but it fell over and that scared her. She ran. Fast. As it turned out, she didn’t run far — but I was sent to look in the direction she was last seen running, and that was the opposite direction from where I found her. Fortunately, someone at a nearby business saw her dragging a leash and looking confused — and took her inside. They called the 24petwatch.com telephone number on a tag on her collar (which came with her when I adopted her).
I am forever grateful to the people who took her in because this happened near Chinden Boulevard, a very busy street, and I was extremely distraught at the possibility that she might run into traffic and be struck by a car (when I adopted her from the Idaho Humane Society last year, she was recovering from a broken leg).
There are dogs out there that are runners, bolting at every opportunity to run free. Regardless of the circumstances, many go missing every day — leaving bereft owners to post photos everyplace from telephone poles to Twitter. There are whole Web sites dedicated to helping people find their missing dogs, like FidoFinder.com.
The Idaho Humane Society created a whole Web page to help pet owners who are trying to find their missing pets. If you find a dog in Boise that has a city license tag, you can go to this City of Boise Web site and enter the number to get a phone number for the owner (or guardian, if you prefer).
GPS pet locator devices seem like a great option for those who want to take an extra step to prevent losing track of pets. A couple years ago, I wrote about a little dog that kept digging his way out of his yard (he seems like a good candidate for one of these). I received a press release last week from Securus, Inc., which released the new, waterproof SpotLite 2.0 (good for Labrador Retrievers and other breeds that love the water). They sell online for just under $120.