Carmel Red the Companion
Don’t let her age fool you — Carmel Red, the nine-year-old Toy Poodle, still has her keen sense of adventure. Even though Carmel is a constant companion to her elderly owners and rarely leaves their sides, when she does, she knows how to make a grand appearance!
One afternoon, Quida, Carmel’s owner, went out to check the mail. Unbeknownst to her, Carmel — who was laying next to Quida’s husband — had gotten up to follow and snuck out the front door!
“I found a few pieces of mail in our box, which is just to the left of our front door and retrieved them,” said Quida. “I took the mail to the office, which is on the other end of the house and sat down to open it.”
Little did she know, while she was opening the mail, Carmel was out saying hi to everyone in the neighborhood!
A few minutes later, Quida heard a light tapping. Carmel is usually on high alert and notifies her owners of any noise with a shrill bark, but since Carmel didn’t make a sound, Quida went back to the mail assuming it was the television. But a few minutes later, Quida heard the noise again and recognized the tapping was coming from her front door.
“When I opened the door, I found my sweet neighbor, with Carmel in her arms,” said Quida. “Needless to say, I was very surprised… I had not known Carmel had slipped out as I was busy getting the mail from the box!”
Thankfully, Carmel was only gone for a few minutes before the friendly neighbor picked her up and dialed the AKC Reunite number on Carmel’s tag.
“If it had not been for the chip and the tag from AKC Reunite, I might not have been able to get her back. We would have been devastated,” said Quida. “ My many heartfelt thanks to not only my neighbor for calling the number on Carmel’s tag, but also to everyone that works so diligently at AKC Reunite!”