Dogs do have a way of escaping to go off adventuring. When a lost dog is returned to its loved ones, it’s a joyous moment.
Enjoy the happy ending to this story.
A dog that was lost by the “Uber of dog-walking” has finally been found safe — after a nearly two-week search.
Teddy, a 4-year-old black Jindo mix, turned up at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Sunday after the popular Wag! app hired a trapper to lure the lost pooch into a cage.
“She’s good!” Teddy’s owner Kane Giblin said. “Her paws are a little beat up, and she has a tick and has lost a little weight, but she’s doing alright.”
The pooch, which was lost during a Wag! walk on Nov. 30 in Prospect Park, was snared around 7:30 a.m.
Giblin said she received a text early Sunday morning from a Brooklyn Botanic Gardens employee who had been on the look-out for the pup, alerting her that Teddy had wandered into a “trap” set up by a trapper hired by the company.
They’d baited the cage with hot dogs and liquid smoke to lure Teddy.
“We set a trap at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, and this morning we trapped a little bear!” Giblin wrote on Instagram. “Teddy is home in my bed relaxing right now, she’s so happy to be home! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE for all of your help!”
The thrilled dog-owner later posted a snap to Instagram that showed the exhausted pup sleeping peacefully in a mound of blankets, a handful of treats sitting in front of her snout.
Teddy’s escape isn’t the first time a dog’s gotten loose while on a Wag! walk.
Buddy, a Beagle-Lab mix, escaped in September while his owners were on vacation.
A Brooklyn chihuahua named Duckie went missing in 2015, and was fatally hit by a car.
While Giblin says she appreciates the efforts Wag! made in locating Teddy, she’s no longer comfortable using the service.
“I felt like this situation shouldn’t have happened,” said Giblin. “They need to take better care to train their employees. If the bandannas they put on the dogs had a GPS tracker in them, this whole thing could have been avoided.”
A Wag! spokeswoman said in a statement, “We are delighted that Teddy is back home with [her] owner, safe and in good health.”