This past weekend, a blind, senior dog was stolen from her own yard — but it’s how her owners found her that serves as a lesson for every dog owner.
Virginia couple Deborah and Charlie Barnes say their 10-year-old English bulldog Penny was dognapped from their front yard. Charlie thinks that when the thieves realized Penny was blind and spayed, they dumped her.
The panicked couple began posting on social media pages, like “Search for Sassy.” Within hours, more than 100,000 people had shared the story on Facebook. People from around the world were offering advice and alerting their friends in nearby towns to keep an eye out for lost Penny.
Ultimately, a couple whom the Barnes had never met saw the Facebook posts, then went out and found Penny in the middle of a parking lot at 1.am. Penny’s paws were injured from three days of homelessness. She was helpless, covered in mud, and so terrified that she didn’t even recognize her owners — that was, until Charlie sang their special song.
Thanks to all the good Samaritans who helped this story go viral, Penny is back home, safe and sound.
This story is truly about people helping people; in times of trouble, humans can indeed be wonderful toward one another. “We are wrong about people, people are basically good,” Charlie said.
In this day and age of social media, Deborah and Charlie say that dog owners should have pictures of their pets on-hand. Should they need to quickly post them online, it’s important to know how and where to do so.