Babe, we're all missing you a whole bunch especially Cleo. She spent much of last night looking for you in your little corner under the dressing table.
Yes everyone, we managed to find the owner of the little white dog that I found last Monday night.
Apart from posting details of Babe on this blog, I sent out mass SMSes to everyone in my phone book. I also sent out a "flier" via email to almost everyone in my address book, everyone except a person called Steve - I'll explain this later. I sent the flier to the SPCA, Puppy.Com and also to my other blogger friends. I also sent it to some of my Muslim friends, including a girl called Leo. Leo in turn forwarded the email to some of her friends, etc . Then, yesterday I got a call from a girl called Emelda, a friend of Leo's, who thought she recognised the dog in the pictures. She believed the dog belonged to her friend, Su-Yin. [Thank you so much for spreading the word Leo! You're a star!]
Electronic communication is a powerful tool - so don't abuse it!
The next thing I know, Su-Yin calls up and describes her dog which she had lost over a week ago. Su-Yin, at the time, had not even seen the pictures of the dog that I had. Her description was perfect and she told me the dog's name was Babe. To my delight, Babe responded to her name immediately. Although I was happy to have found the owner, I was also a bit wary that it might be someone pretending to be the owner. So I asked for proof of ownership.
Then later in the afternoon I got calls from the SPCA and some of my colleagues at work informing me that there is an advert in the papers regarding a lost dog. And they think it could be the dog that I had with me. And true enough when I checked the paper there was an ad with Babe's picture in it. But of course Su-Yin had already gotten in touch with me by then.
When Su-Yin arrived at my house last night, I didn't need the proof. Babe was so happy and excited to see her. She was prancing all around Su-Yin. I knew immediately that Babe belonged to Su-Yin especially since Babe had been barking her head off at everyone else that had come to visit me over the past week. Of course Su-Yin came armed with several pictures of Babe.
We were sad to see Babe go as we had grown rather fond of her. She was a great dog, and was very well behaved while she was with us. She had moved from sleeping in the landing upstairs into the space under the dresser in my room. We had even given her a name, Missy. Cleo liked her too which was quite strange as she normally is quite mean to all the doggies (except puppies) that stay with us.
Anyway, to my surprise Su-Yin sent me a message later in the evening to say that I actually knew her husband Steve! We had a couple of meetings together about 2 and a half years ago while I was still at Sime Darby HQ. So theoretically, Babe could have gone home alot earlier if I had sent that email to Steve. Strange how things turned out... but at the end of it all the important thing is that Babe is back home with her family... ;o)
And Babe, be a good girl and don't go running out on your own ok??? Come round and visit Cleo when you have the time...