On July 8, I had a workplace accident and ended up in the hospital. That night our fourteen-year-old toy poodle ran away. To make matters worse, a cold rain fell. I lay in bed thinking about Sock, wondering if he would survive because of his age and the coyotes that roamed our area.
The weeks went by and Sock did not return. My husband put an ad in the local paper, made Sock a Facebook page, checked the local shelters, and put up flyers. He prayed for a Good Samaritan to take care of Sock. I prayed for Sock’s safety.
More weeks went by. Whenever I prayed, God always told me that Sock was all right; that someone was taking care of him. I always got the same answer, but I never thought I’d see Sock again. I had a collie when I was young, who ran off when he smelled a female in heat. He always returned, despite my many tears. After we married, our first dog ran away and never returned. On the other hand, our Pomeranian lived with us for many years and never thought of running away.
Recently, we took a little vacation to Galena, Illinois. On the road, we got a phone call from a woman who thought she found Sock. The woman emailed us pictures of the dog; then we did Face Time. My husband and I grew excited because the dog looked and behaved like Sock, but six weeks had passed.
Could this really be Sock?
As soon as we returned from vacation, we drove to the woman’s house. She said she found a dog in the middle of a four-lane highway, miles away from our home. She picked him up and took him to her vet to get checked out. The vet gave the dog shots and put a chip in his ear. The woman had the dog groomed, bought him a bed, toys, treats, and food. She brought him home to her family and three pets. The dog slept on her bed at night and stayed by her side during the day.
Lo and behold, it was Sock! He ran up to me and jumped up and down, barked, and wagged his tail. We were finally reunited.
Now some people would have kept Sock for themselves. Others might have taken him to a shelter, but our Good Samaritan searched the Internet for us, and for that, we are truly grateful.
So remember, if you’re ever feeling down, Good Samaritans still exist.
Sock has also been featured in Lost Dogs Illinois.