My Baby Is BACK!

JD Found

Let me start by saying I am beyond grateful for the outpouring of support I received when JD went missing this week. I cannot express how thankful I am for the volunteers that helped look for him, the people that made phone calls to the local vet offices, the folks that shared his photo around town and online, and everyone that prayed for his safe return.

A lot of people have asked what happened, so I figured I’d share the story from start to finish here for everyone to read.

On Tuesday morning, JD was standing by the backdoor like he wanted to go out. I let him out for a quick potty break while Levi and I were getting ready to head out for the day. Levi was cranky and started throwing a tantrum, about what I can’t remember. Probably about which shoes to wear and something about wearing white after labor day, I don’t know.

I got Levi calmed down and dressed and out the door to head to daycare. Drop off went fine, and I headed into work.

Around 4:30pm, I got a text from Jason asking me to call him right away. He had just figured out what was missing in the scenario above. I had been distracted with getting Levi calmed down and ready for daycare, and hadn’t let JD back in the house. And now he was gone.

I immediately started making phone calls while Jason and Levi headed out to look for him. My first call was to the Robbinsdale Police Department to ask if any lost dogs had been spotted. The lady I spoke with said no calls had come in, and they hadn’t brought in any strays. I filed a lost pet report with her, and she said they would let me know if they heard anything.

Next I made the rounds at the animal shelters and animal control. Most of the local places won’t give information over the phone, so I drove to each of them to look and see if they had JD. No luck.

When I got home, I did the computer searching while Jason went back out to look for him. I posted to as many discussion boards, ad services, and lost pet bulletins as I could find. Naturally, I also put the word out on Facebook, Twitter, and Craigslist. Several friends recommended filing a report with Lost Dogs MN, an AMAZING all-volunteer organization that helps locate missing pets.

Lost Dogs MN

Friends came out to help search. Lost Dogs MN volunteers came out to help search. Jason and I searched. No JD – not even a lead.

Wednesday morning I printed off full-color flyers (that a Lost Dogs MN volunteer had so generously taken the time to create) and plastered 60 light poles with them around the neighborhood. More people went out searching for JD. Still nothing.

Wednesday night I received a call from I had heard about their service from one of the gals at Lost Dogs MN and had sent an email to them earlier enquiring about their services. Find Toto is basically an Amber Alert for pets. They take your pet’s last known location and CALL all of the neighbors in the surrounding area. It’s a paid service, but to me, it was totally worth it. They offer alert packages that range from contacting 250 neighbors all the way up to 10,000 neighbors.

We live in a fairly densely populated suburb on the border of Minneapolis. I made Jason count the number of houses on our block. There are 25. Even their smallest package of 250 would cover the equivalent of 10 blocks. And they make all the calls within about an hour. That’s way more people than I could reach in an hour.

Find Toto started making the calls for me almost as soon as I got off the phone with them. It really works, too. Within 30 minutes, I had a call from one of my neighbors from two blocks over. She hadn’t found JD, but she wanted to let me know that her 9 year old son had told her about my flyer and that they were going to help look for him.

Unfortunately, even with all the efforts, there were still no leads on JD. Today is Thursday, and I wasn’t sure what else I could do to find him. Hearing Levi ask “Where D go?” was breaking my heart. I planned to make another round after work at all of the shelters to check in case someone had brought him in since the last time I was there, but I wasn’t very hopeful. JD is microchipped, and if any of the shelters, vets, or animal control locations had him, they would have checked for that right away.

Then the call came. The best call I had all day. A vet office just a few miles from my house had JD!!

Here’s where the story gets crazy – they had him almost the whole time.

It turns out JD had gotten out of the yard late Tuesday morning. It’s unclear if he jumped the fence to go look for food/water, or if part of my front fence moved enough to let him out (it’s not cemented into the ground in front, just propped up with paving stones). Either way, he wandered over to the next block, where someone spotted him in her yard and called the police to report a stray dog. They sent a patrol to pick him up and have him impounded. (Robbinsdale uses the vet’s office for impounded dogs instead of an actual pound or humane society.)

That means that when I called the Robbinsdale Police Department on Tuesday afternoon, they already had him, but the person I spoke with didn’t know that. I don’t know why they didn’t eventually realize that the dog they had matched the lost dog report I had filed, but they didn’t.

The gal from the vet’s office figured it out because she saw one of my Missing Dog fliers online and recognized JD in the photo. The only thing that didn’t make sense to her was that MY dog was listed as microchipped, and the dog they had was listed as NOT microchipped.

Thankfully, the vet put two and two together and re-scanned JD. Apparently when he was brought in, either the person doing the intake scanned him incorrectly or the scanner didn’t pick up the chip. This time it did, and she was able to get my phone number from the microchip information.

I still had to go down to the police department to get a release form and pay an impound fee before I could reclaim JD. Once we had the release, Jason, Levi, and I headed out to pick JD up. The vet office (Camden Pet Hospital) has a super sweet staff. Not only did they initiate looking for JD on their own through online lost dog reports, they also stayed open late tonight so I could come get him. The techs said JD was obviously not a stray, since he knows commands and loves people so much, so they wanted to do what they could to help find his owners. How awesome is that?

It’s been a long journey these last few days, but now my baby boy is back home, hogging the bed, right where he belongs.

JD Sleeping


  1. OMG YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    great services!!!

  2. That is so awesome! So glad we had good return stories!!!

  3. awesome! i love all those services – never heard of them. so glad he’s back 🙂

  4. Aww sweet boy. I’m so glad he’s back at home. Yours is the 2nd story I’ve heard about the paid dog searching service, both with good results!

  5. So glad for such an great ending! Will have to keep those services in mind incase any of my pets escape….didn’t even know about the Amber Alert service for pets!

  6. We at Lost Dogs- MN couldnt be happier! These are the outcomes that keep us doing what we love to do! Please give JD a big hug and smooch from all of us here at Lost Dogs- MN!

  7. What a relief that must be for you and JD! Lovely picture of him resting. 🙂

  8. Good to know that JD is back, safe and sound. Thanks to the friendly neighborhood and kudos to Find Toto for that fast service as well.

  9. Poor little boy, glad that he’s back well and safe now!

  10. Yay! I’m so happy to hear your story had a happy ending!

  11. Pamela Halligan says:

    I am so happy JD is home. My own pets have gone missing, so I know what it’s like to lose them – and to get them back.

  12. so glad this worked out! Very irked with that police station though!

  13. I’m such a geek…I’ve been stalking your site for a while now (sorry I guess I just don’t have much to say) but now here I am at work, all teary, because you found your lost dog. Our dog wandered off (several years ago) and was never found, she was a beautiful sweet golden named “Maggie” and I still feel heart broken not knowing what happened to her. I am so happy you have your JD back and your family is whole again – happy day!!!

  14. I’m glad to hear your pet is safe and sound.

  15. Scary they missed the chip! I’m so, so glad this story has a happy ending. /hug/

  16. Alicia Ponce says:

    I am so truely happy for you and yours. i am a animal lover and they are a sincere part of the family. Great story and I was impressed that your city uses the vet’s office for impounded dogs, that is something i wish more cities would consider. Thanks for sharing.

  17. After my dog went missing for five days, while I was out of state visiting relatives, I know the horror and heartache you went through. We did all the right things, and ultimately a woman called the Humane Society to say she had a Boxer with floppy ears dragging a leash in her back yard. They gave her our contact information and we flew to the location! Tears of joy just couldn’t be held back. I am so glad you found your baby.
    I was in Wisconsin, and missing dogs of Wisconsin, as was the Humane society were wonderful. I wish I could say the same about the police departments. The first officer didn’t even log in the lost dog report.
    Thank God for the internet and dog lovers everywhere! Regards, John

  18. I love this post! I am so glad you got your dog back. My son has such a heart for dogs. He is 14. I think we must have had at least 4 dogs in our yard this year that had been running around the neighborhood and he brought home to find the owners. I love your part about white after labor day lol. So funny. I’m just glad it all worked out and that he was safe the whole time!!

  19. I love hearing happy endings to stories like this! I used to work at a humane society and they were obviously not all so great! Microchipping is very important, yes they missed it the first time but most scan a second time on a different day 🙂 Yay!!

  20. Congrads! I am so happy to hear that you got him back.

  21. I know how scary it is to have your furbaby go missing. I am so happy for a safe return <3

  22. So glad you found him! I’ve had many pets in the past, it is devastating to loose them!

  23. Michelle F. says:

    so happy he is back home. what a beautiful doggie!

  24. I love happy endings! So glad you have your puppy back.

  25. Anita Leibert says:

    I’m so happy to hear you got your sweetie back! I’ve had my dog run off too and I know the feeling of worry and wondering if he’s safe. I also had a chip put into my dog and I pray that if he’s ever lost that the chip will ensure his safe return.

  26. So glad the story had a happy ending! And I can’t believe they missed his chip!!!

  27. Kelly Arndt says:

    So great to hear a story with a happy ending! Congrats on getting JD back safe and sound!

  28. Jennifer Hedden says:

    I am so glad you got your baby back and that he was safe. I had no idea that services were available such as Lost Dogs MN and I will definitely remember that if me or anyone I know is in this same situation.

  29. That is great news!

  30. Oh my goodness!!!!!
    I was near tears reading this! I can only imagine the panic and anxiety you felt the whole time not knowing where your sweet puppy was, and then to find out that he was safe the entire time! Ack! Thank goodness you have him back!! <3

    Thanks for letting us know about all of the groups out there that help find a lost pet!! WOW! It's heartwarming to know there are that many people who will pull together to help find a lost loved one. 🙂
    Congratulations on having him back! Love him up! <3

  31. Losing your pet is one of the scariest things in the world. I am so happy for you that he home safe.

  32. I’m so glad you were able to find your pup!
    The same happened when I was a kid, but we didn’t get our dog back for weeks! It was a wonderful reunion though. Awww…nothing is worse than having a pet go missing. 🙁

  33. So glad that he is home, such a scary story!

  34. Everyone love a happy ending!

  35. oh my goodness! How scary…I am glad your dog as been found!

  36. Peggy Bolling says:

    I had to read the whole post, I usually just scan through. I am so relieved that JD was found. So many times these don’t have a happy ending. Kudoos to all those that cared enough to help you find him. Thanks for sharing your story!

  37. So happy to hear you got your baby back! I know how stressful that is, especially with the breed. Mine got out once and ended up on the highway. Thank goodness for a semi driver who had blocked the intersection!

  38. I am very glad that they found him and he is back home with you! I had a dog that was let out of my yard by a Meter Reader and was hit by a car, it was an awful feeling, down deep in my heart. So glad to know that he is home and about these services, I wonder if they have something like these where I live? Will have to check it out, thanks for the report, and the many many people you have helped with your review.

  39. First I wanted to come by just to say hi as we never get a chance to say hey to eachother LOL. Then I saw this post 🙂 He looks like my dog Hank a pit bull I rescued from the shelter. I let him off his leash during a moutain hike he saw an animal and was gone- for three hours I hiked that mountain and cried. It was getting dark- I prayed and a couple came marching down with him in hand. Nothing like that feeling in the world. I’m so glad you got him back. Pit bulls are major jumpers. I had to get the electric fence eventually for mine it gives them a slight shock if they try to cross. I know people think they can be cruel but I would get calls from neighbors that he was in their car when I was working ( he jumped and was visiting them LOL) they didn’t like a huge unknown pit bull in their car. Plus it’s so dangerous and he could get hit by a car. Now though he never wears his collar because just a few times trained him not to jump and he’s never done it again. But they can get some air that’s for sure. Have a great day girl so glad he’s home!

  40. Trisha McKee says:

    My dogs are my other children and I can imagine the stress and heartache you went through. I would be hysterical! My daughter’s dog has run off a few times. Fortunately, I knew right away, got some dog treats and got in the car. I’m so glad you found him!!!

  41. Happy your baby is back!

    …maybe you could take all the flyers down now?

  42. He’s got the same face as my sister’s dog – red pit bull mix. Glad he’s home.

  43. christal c w says:

    I am very happy for you. Your furbaby is gorgeous. I love pitbulls, and have helped with many rescue organizations. I have often thought about starting a blog about my travels and the fact from fiction about this breed.

  44. Ashley Tucker says:

    YAY! So glad he was found!

  45. Catarina Teixeira says:

    so cute

  46. Marco Domingues says:

    Beautiful dog. Nice to know you found JD 🙂

  47. mimi larrea says:

    Isn’t he the cutest? So glad he’s back home where he belongs.

  48. Angie Gatto says:

    Glad JD is home. I never heard of Find Toto – neat service, will keep it in mind if I ever need to use it.

  49. Nena Sinclair says:

    I’m so glad you got your beautiful dog back! It’s a horrible feeling when your beloved pet is missing!

  50. Carla Bonesteel says:

    I’m so happy for you and your baby! I would just DIE if I lost my kitty!

  51. I’m glad to hear you found your dog!

  52. Debbie Petch says:

    I am so glad you got your dog back. Pets are just a part of your family. Great news.

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