On Friday, we posted that a yellow lab had escaped from his yard. This was actually the second time that we’d posted about Turner escaping. Fortunately, the first time Turner had been found because someone from the humane society saw him on MLTnews in January.
The good news, this time, is that once again Turner will be reunited with his family. The only problem is that it may be a different family.
In 2008 Rick Smith and his family were living in Everett. His dog, Bruno, had escaped and was no where to be found. The family searched for months but eventually assumed they wouldn’t see Bruno again. Rick Smith is in the Navy and was scheduled to move to Virginia Beach. By July of 2008, when the Smiths moved, Bruno had been missing for 6 months.
Also, in 2008, Matt Calhoun found their dog, Turner, on the side of the highway 99 in Everett. Turner was healthy but had no collar and they didn’t think to check if he had a microchip. They took him in and have cared for Turner ever since. Matt’s son, now 3, has been great friends with Turner for the majority of his life.
Fast forward to last Friday, April 3rd.
Kristin Abercrombie and Valerie Benedict found Turner wandering in the street in Mountlake Terrace. Covered in mud, they took him in and he quickly made friends with the other dog of the house. They took him to a vet and when the vet scanned the dog for a microchip, they found one. The microchip had a couple phone numbers and a name, Bruno, on the microchip. They were ultimately able to get a hold of the owner, Rick Smith, now living in Virginia. The Smiths quickly arranged to have a travel kennel and a plane ticket sent to Mountlake Terrace to bring Bruno to his new home in Virginia Beach.
King 5 did this very nice story on Sunday about Bruno and how he will be reunited with his family after nearly two years apart. What they didn’t mention was where Bruno had been the last two years.
I had Turner’s photo fresh in my mind on Sunday when I saw the King 5 story about Bruno. The fact that Bruno was found the same day Turner was lost in the same city seemed too much of a coincidence. I got a hold of Matt Calhoun and he confirmed that the dog on the King 5 story, Bruno, was Turner.
The Calhouns understood that the dog belonged to the Smiths and were just hoping that their son would get an opportunity to say goodbye. Matt Calhoun got a hold of King 5 to see if he could arrange a meeting with the dog before he traveled across the crountry. The dog’s owner, Rick Smith, ended up calling the Calhoun’s and is now considering letting the Calhoun’s keep Turner/Bruno.
The craziest thing in this whole story is that the Smith’s and the Calhoun’s lived within 500 feet of each other in Everett for a good 6 months after the dog changed homes 2 years ago.