All our attempts to bring him back: questions to neighbors, ads, visits to animal shelters, and exploration inside and outside our home have failed. We are so devastated, for he has been a family member since the time we got him eight years ago.
Please, give us some advice for a more effective search. We are still hopeful we can find and bring him back home.
A: This column is for everyone, so Dog Lady tries to use letters that speak to the universal dog experience. Your letter is gut-wrenching because it describes what we all fear — a missing dog. Tiny, your sweet Chihuahua, always stayed in the backyard until ... he didn’t anymore.
Our dogs are not droids. Just because they’ve done the same thing for three years doesn’t mean they will do it for three years and one day. You should have properly secured Tiny before you left him on Christmas. Even if you never put him in the house before, you should have done it as long as there was any possibility he could wander off.
Let’s hope Tiny is home by now. You seem to be searching through all the promising venues. If he has been found, you learn a hard lesson: Our dogs can surprise us for better and worse.
Monica Collins offers advice on dogs, life and love. Follow the “Ask Dog Lady” fan page on Facebook or Twitter at @askdoglady. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.