said he had been found.
Turned out, Ralphie wasn’t very far away. He had loped into a neighbor’s yard and was taken in.
Part of Brenner’s technological search for the dog, after walking and driving around calling for him, was to go online. She posted Ralphie’s information on her Facebook site and Craigslist and remembered a service mentioned by her local veterinarian late last year.
PetCare of Duluth, which opened last spring, promoted a “lost dog” service. PetCare takes pictures and messages from those who are looking for a dog and posts them on its website and other platforms. Dr. Amanda Bruce said the service is just one of the ways people can make sure they hold onto their pets when they
“The No. 1 thing you can do is keep a collar on them with their name and contact information,” Bruce said.
In Ralphie’s case, he had just had a bath the night before and slipped out for his morning business before Brenner could put the collar back on Monday morning.
Bruce said people should also implant chips in their pets so they can be scanned and identified.
Bruce will be performing $30 chip placements March 10 as part of a benefit at Miranda’s Smooch a Pooch Salon in Superior. Pet grooming will be included in the noon to 3 p.m. event with the cost being whatever pet owners want to donate to the cause of the day — funding Animal Allies Humane Society and its spaying and neutering program in Superior.