My heart is broken for a dog I have never met. His name is Diego. He is a one year old Chihuahua. I saw him once, on Tuesday, or maybe it was Wednesday, evening last week. My first thought was annoyance: another off-leash dog in the ravine. Then my brow furrowed when I realized the wee guy was alone. He was far up the path, at least fifteen metres away. He was chasing a squirrel. I stopped and Shiva stopped with me, though she had spotted him too. He stopped and looked back at us. Telling Shiva to sit and stay, I took a step forward and knelt down. Diego ran in the other direction. For having such short legs, he sure could motor. Shiva and I followed at a distance. I hoped I could trap him somewhere and then Of course, I didn’t have my phone. It wasn’t long before he was too far ahead for me to believe we would catch up. Without a way to contact Animal Services, I wasn’t sure what to do. Several joggers passed him by and didn’t pause. And then a cyclist almost ran him over but after a jerked swerve, he kept on going too. I wanted to call out, I didn’t understand why they didn’t stop. I was too far away and Shiva was too enthusiastic for the little guy to turn back to us. He turned a corner and we followed. By the time we had rounded the bend, Diego was gone. There was a sharp hill on our right but I couldn’t see him scurrying up the side. He wasn’t on the road ahead or in the parking lot. Defeated, all I could do was hope the he had found his human and returned home. I’d completely forgotten about the incident until last night when I saw the poster. My heart dropped. All I keep thinking about is how small he was and how alone he must feel in this hectic city. It is no place for a scared Chihuahua. I wish I had done more. I wish I’d had my phone with me. I wish I’d handled the situation better. I know what it is like to be in Diego’s human’s place. We are so lucky Shiva has come home with us, safe, every single night since we adopted her. I hope this shy baby is home with his people right now. I wish there was something else I could do.
Update: Diego has been found! I received a message from his human yesterday evening, shortly after I posted this. He was returned home safe on Friday evening. It is a huge relief. Thank you so much for your kind comments and support!