Lost Dog Reunited With Family After His Photo Goes Viral on Facebook

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Not Alfie. Another cute dog.
In case you thought Facebook was only good for baby photos, political rants, and iPhone screenshots of what the weather is somewhere you don't live, there's this awesome and vindicating story: A 5-year-old Pomeranian named Alfie was reunited with his owners after being lost for three scary days, thanks to a "lost dog" group on the social networking site.

But the crazy part is how the owners stumbled upon the page.

After realising (they're Brits) that their pup had escaped the backyard due to a gate that had blown open, Nora Thomas and her children went down the familiar avenues: They searched around; they plastered the town with posters. But everything they did was futile. So Alysia, the 18-year-old daughter of the family, decided to do what most 18-year-olds do: She Googled.

Apparently, one of the first results that came up was Lost Dogs of Adelaide -- a volunteer-run service that has more than 13,400 "likes" on Facebook, and claims to have a 50 percent success rate of finding lost pets. After getting in touch with Lost Dogs, Alfie went viral. He was found six miles from his home, and was returned safe and sound.

I Google everything. In fact, in the middle of writing this post, I Googled various things ("kilometers to miles"; "slow cooker chicken recipe"), but I'm not so sure I'd immediately think to Google "lost pet" were something to, god forbid, happen to my dog. It's nice to know there are sites like this out there. And that Facebook is good for more than just photos of people's dinner. 

Have you ever lost your pet?


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Melan... MelanieJK

 We were having breakfast out on the patio once when a huge rat came out of the bushes and walked right up to us looking for food!     He had to walk across a large spanse of lawn so we saw him coming but it was pretty alarming initially.    Fortunately he was black and white so it was clear he wasn't a wild version.   Turned out he belonged to a little boy in a neighboring sub-division.  

MomOf... MomOf2AndAZoo

I had a dog quite a few years ago that was blind & deaf. I would take him out every morning & put him in a fence so he could walk around & do his business. Well, I had to go inside for a bit, & when I came out he was gone. I was devastated. I mean, imagine trying to find a dog in the country, who couldn't see OR hear you? We went door to door all over the neighborhood, and 2 days later we talked to a woman who had seen him in her yard, but thought he had rabies because he would always walk in circles. Well, she contacted us the next day to let us know that she told her sister about him & her sister called her to say she had seen him near a bridge a few miles from our house. We hopped in the car & drove down there immediately, and there was my baby walking circles in the road. I didn't even wait for my husband to stop the car completely, I jumped out and scooped my dog up (he was a pretty big boy, about the size of a lab lol) and he just started licking my whole face & was sooo excited as if he was saying "OMG I'm so glad to see you mom!!' Those 3 days were utterly terrifying, but thanks to good people I got my boy back safe & sound :)

butte... butterflyfreak

How about the fact that I have seen two Amber Alerts in my area (one in Washington state and the other in Oregon, I live in Walla Walla and consider both states "local") that have been cancelled after only a couple hours of being posted to facebook by news outlets? And in both cases, they were called off because the child was found safe and in one case, they even had the suspect in custody. I think that's a pretty great validation for facebook and social media, in general.

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