Happy Ending: Franklin in Sharpstown, TX

10 06 2010

We’re back with another story that’s ending happily, thanks to a good Samaritan in Sharpstown, Texas.  I hope this brings a little sunshine into your life, as it did for me, just like Eddie’s story did a few weeks ago.

In May 2009, the Harding family took their Boston Terrier, Franklin, to visit family.  While in the backyard, Franklin was spooked by a thunderstorm and escaped underneath the fence.  The Harding family posted fliers and searched for Franklin for months while their three year old daughter, Kinsley, asked, “where’s Fray Fray?”  Tammy Harding says it broke her hear to tell her daughter she didn’t know where he was.

Franklin had been missing for a year when good Samaritan Gary Kretz was driving through an intersection and saw “little legs darting through traffic.”  He chased down the dog and put him in his work truck.  Kretz said he had fleas and was very hungry but was otherwise in good condition.  He took the dog to a veterinarian and found that he had a microchip and was Franklin Harding.

Gary Kretz then telephoned the Hardings and spoke with Tammy.  She said she thought she’d never get that phone call and was overjoyed.  So after a year of being lost, Franklin was found and returned happily to his family, all thanks to the quick eyes and loving heart of Gary Kretz and a microchip under Franklin’s skin.  And Kinsley now gets to play with Fray Fray instead of asking where he is.

Check out the KHOU Channel 11 Houston, Texas website for the full story and video of the Harding family and adorable Franklin.

This is a great ending to what easily could have been a sad story of a lost pet.  It’s also a good lesson that while dog collars are a good tool for identifying a lost pet, they can get lost themselves (if the dog gets caught on something and has to wiggle out, if the collar wears out or breaks off, etc.) while a microchip is a permanent tether between you and your dog.  I think it’s well worth the money for the peace of mind you’ll have knowing that your contact information will always be with your dog, no matter what happens.  Think of it as a tattoo but without the potential social stigma.  Or like the note your mother used to pin on you in grade school to remind the teacher that you were going home with a friend that day.  Only this note can’t get torn off and isn’t embarrassing to your dog.

Finally, if you see a dog wandering the streets and you can safely retrieve it, please do so and bring it to a veterinarian’s office or a no-kill animal shelter.  You never know who might be missing that dog or how far that dog has traveled while lost.  What goes around, comes around.