About 5 years ago Maxine, one of my Miniature Pinschers, went "missing" from my backyard for about a week. I put up posters *everywhere*, door knocked all over, contacted the vet, contacted the council and I searched around in the evenings but no luck.
About a week later I was taking some DVDs back down the main street in Enmore (about 1km from where I lived) and it was dumb luck that I happened to look up at a 2nd storey building window across the road and I could see a small dog looking at me and bouncing up and down. My dog was the only dog I knew at the time that jumped like that when she was excited (i.e. wanted to go for a walk or she saw my sister's pet mice).
I went across the road and knocked on the ground floor door and could hear someone coming down the stairs yelling "Did you remember the coffees?". The door opened and a *very* gay young man was standing at the door with Maxine in his hands who proceeded to howl when she saw me!
I was happy and blurted out "Hey! You found my dog!!!" just as another man turned up with shopping bag and a coffee tray. Both men kept telling me I must be mistaken and that they'd had the dog for "years". When I told them I had put posters up and down this road (even under their door) their mood started to sour and they proceeded to move inside the door.
I pushed the second guy out of the way and grabbed Max who was barking and squirming very loudly at this point in time. There was nothing but "You M* F**kers" and "Stay the f**k back" coming out of my mouth as I wrestled a stupid spikey collar off Max and dropped it on the floor. I was ready to beat these two guys to bloody pulps but I knew that if I put Maxine down she would get frightened and run away! With coffee spilled on the pavement and a crowd of people now looking I walked away with a happy, panting Max!
Another week later I was sitting on my veranda and a women walking by stopped and asked me if that was the dog on the posters I had placed on the front of my house. This woman said she was walking to work in the morning and that she saw my dog running around with two guys trying to catch her. Apparently they finally cornered Max as she was frantically running back and forth between the side gate entrance and the veranda. When the woman asked what was going on the men said that the dog was "lost" and they didn't know where the dog lived. Right!
I'm getting mad just thinking about it again ...
Maxine about a month before she went missing ... Now who wouldn't want to steal her?