Daring little Bonnie was only missing for 15 minutes, but it was enough time for her microchip to be detected and for AKC Reunite to contact her owners.
Bonnie’s owners were vacationing in England and apparently Bonnie didn’t want to miss out on traveling internationally. She didn’t make it very far though (only traveling two houses down), but it was still a valiant effort! Apparently when the dog sitter went to retrieve the mail, Bonnie made a run for it slipping out of the front door. A neighbor two houses away picked Bonnie up and not recognizing her, called animal control. They arrived at the house within five minutes and used a wand scan to locate Bonnie’s microchip. AKC Reunite was contacted and then they immediately called Bonnie’s owner vacationing in England, who then called the sitter state-side. Turns out, the sitter was already on her way to pick up Bonnie as she too had contacted animal control when she realized Bonnie was not in the house!
Pets can be creatures of habit, and when their routines change, so can their behaviors. It is critical to microchip and enroll your pets with AKC Reunite in case your pet becomes nervous, anxious, or courageous when you’re not home. And if you have a house-sitter, inform them of prior behaviors so they can be on the lookout and know who to contact if your pet escapes.