A Washington family who’s dog went missing recently pulled out all the stops to get him back, and it paid off. When their friendly pit bull “G” disappeared they did what every devastated pet owner would do, put up signs, searched, and hoped. But the Bourdage’s also tried something new; they used a service to “robo-call” 1250 homes in the neighbourhood asking people to be on the lookout for their beloved dog.
Gina Bourdage paid $150 for the “Pet Amber Alert” service and said, “He’s our kid and we really want him back, we miss him a lot.” Every listed number in the neighbourhood then got a call advising them to be on the lookout for G. Some would call it ingenious and creative, but not everyone in the neighbourhood was impressed by their tenacity in finding their dog though. “I think it’s a little preposterous that people can send something like that out for just a pet,” said Seth Von Wald, who lives nearby.
Others however didn’t mind so much, like Winnifred Thayer who said “People love their pets, they’re like children. I guess whatever works for them, works. I just let it go to the machine.” Bourdage said they get did a few angry calls, but it was worth it as they also got one tip that led to the area where G was eventually found. “We might have bothered a few people, which I didn’t intend. I wish we hadn’t but I’m really glad for the one person that did call and described our dog to a T,” said Bourdage.
Bourdage and her family are thrilled to have G safely back at home, and grateful to those who did listen to the alert and helped to bring him back to his family.