Buster is his name.
Running away with his buddy was his game...
Running almost TWENTY miles away from a loving family with three children.
Anyone who has ever had a dog gone missing knows the pain and suffering and wondering and worrying that consumes your every thought.
Our dogs, Junior and Bubba would escape regularly no matter how hard we tried to keep them home. We built fences, put up chicken wire, installed TWO, yes TWO "electric dog safety" fences...and they could still figure out ways to run amuck in the neighborhood. We would spend hours looking for them and many times to no avail. Sometimes they would find their way back home. Sometimes total strangers would call and ask if we had lost a Boxer...or two.
This case is no different. Boxers just run and no matter how hard you try, they will find a way to escape if they set their minds to it.
Those children mentioned earlier are 4 years old, 6 years old, and 7 years old and they missed their pet. After Buster had been gone for over two weeks, their hopes begin to dwindle that he would ever come home again. They made many calls to the animal shelter, but Buster was never there. No one ever responded to the lost pet ads they ran in the newspaper.
Buster's mommy's stomach turned over and over, again and again with that sick feeling when you are visualizing where your pet might be.
One Friday, he spotted a run-away, skin-and-bones Boxer, while driving his rental car in Turlock, California. Had it not been for a cold waffle left over from his breakfast at La Quinta Inn, Buster may never have been lured into ultimately being saved by him and the animal control officer in that county.
"Buster the Boxer" was hauled away in the paddy wagon to the shelter and checked in on Friday, February 6. Lucky for him, his owners had invested in having a microchip "installed" into his back. Buster was fed his first real meal in several weeks and given any number of vitamins and lots of clean fresh water.
On Sunday, the information retrieved from the microchip was used to contact Buster's family. Buster's daddy immediately went to the shelter to claim him.
Buster was fed ample amounts of fresh liver because the owners knew it contained lots of vitamins, mineral, and nutrients for dogs that had been without food for an extended period of time.
So, just to prove that Buster has been reunited with a loving, caring, and VERY happy family, here are photos to show how much weight he had gained in just over a week...