You’ve heard the stories of people using the internet to search for their long-lost friends and family members. But have you ever heard of a dog doing the same search? Duffy Barker, a 10-year-old Wheaten terrier was in desperate need of a rehome. On Jan. 2, his dad Mark sent out this plea to Florida animal rescues and people who exchange emails about animals in need. It’s like many that crossposters receive on a daily basis, and reflects one of the sad circumstances that face aging dogparents.
“Hi, I’m Duffy. I’m a 10 year old Wheaten Terrier. I’ve lived my entire life with a loving family in Orlando, FL….I’m on the lookout for new digs.”
Mark described Duffy as being incredibly cute, with a giant heart and a clean bill of health from the vet. To add to his “adoptability” Duffy had just completed a two week “Doggie Bootcamp” from a top-flight positive trainer. He promised to be on his best behavior in his new home. He was looking for someone who could promise 4 things:
Wheaton love, lots of walks, high grade kibble, and squeaky toys.
Duffy, who doesn’t have thumbs, depended on people to crosspost his plea on Facebook, and they did. On one page alone, he had 144 views, 4 likes and a share. According to the AKC, Wheatens like children and can adapt to any type of home, rural, city or suburban. So his chances of finding a new home were good. What he found was even more.
Just 48 hours later, on Jan. 4, Duffy’s dad sent out this email, which found it’s way to the same crossposters:
I just wanted to thank you so very much for the share.
As it happened, with an incredible outpouring of support from friends and rescue organizations–many of whom going above and beyond without ever having met Duffy or our family–our message happened to reach the family of Duffy’s biological brother in Miami. They’ve generously offered to reunite Duffy with his brother and give both dogs a loving home.
We couldn’t be more happy with outcome, but are nonetheless incredibly grateful for your support of Duffy. Many thanks….
Mark is excited that Duffy will soon be reunited with his brother Raleigh, in Miami, FL.
Do dogs recognize their own siblings? According to Ehow, there’s little evidence to support it. But that doesn’t matter to Duffy or his dad. This is just a small story about one dog. But it goes to show the power of sharing between people who care about all dogs and are committed to helping them, one dog at a time.
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