Lost Dog Hops Aboard Train & Twitter Helps Him Find His Way Home

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Patch the dogTwitter has gained a new canine tweeter by the name of Patch, but more importantly, Twitter reunited Patch the dog with his owner. It all started Tuesday night in Dublin, Ireland when Patch, a Jack Russell terrier, got separated from his owner and boarded a commuter train. Bewildered commuters took turns petting the dog, and the rail workers dubbed him "Checkers," joking that maybe the dog was a new worker sent to check people's tickets. By the time the train reached its last stop and it became obvious no owner was aboard, rail workers took to Twitter.

Irish Rail tweeted, "Lost Dog!" with a photo of the brown and white little pooch. Followers began retweeting the message. Soon, there were 500 tweets within half an hour. One of them reached Deirdre Anglin, who tweeted back, "That's my dog!"

Workers say it was a good thing Anglin claimed the dog so quickly, because they were getting so attached to him that someone may have taken the pup home.

This isn't the first time Twitter has been used to help find a lost pet. In May, baseball Hall of Famer George Brett spread the word of his lost Labradoodle through Twitter -- at the suggestion of his son. In Dublin, the Twittersphere's reaction to Patch highlighted that country's common use of social media. I myself would suggest dog tags and a microchip rather than hoping Twitter will do the trick, but at least in this case, it worked.

Once Patch was reunited with Anglin, there was only one thing left to do. Get Patch on Twitter! The pooch's first tweet was:

Patch's tweet stream is dedicated to finding other lost pooches. This is one little dog who is not only social media savvy -- but a hero.

Have you ever used social media to find a lost pet?


Image via ijyt/Flickr

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Maxim... MaximumAsh

How is the dog a hero? He got lost and now he's found. He did nothing heroic.

Jammi... Jammie209

A few months ago my dog, Charlie somehow ended up 100 miles away from our home. After contacting the local police, shelters,.animal wardens, & animal hospital I feared I would never see my baby again. After 24 hrs I posted a status on facebook about & kept re-posting every 6 hrs or so. Within 24 hrs a friend's cousin's friend found Charlie & decided to let his grandparents take care of him. Everyday, when I see Charlie's big brown eyes & the look on my 3 girls' faces, I thank god for fb & the ppl who cared enough to bring a member of a family home. P.S. Charlie had a collar with his info, but somehow it fell off. Hey got a microchip into 2 days after hey camp home :-)

AlexJ... AlexJones700

Just came across this via google, its funny people are actually talking about a dog that was lost then found :/ anyway had to leave a comment!


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