One fear that all pet owners have is the fear of turning around only to see their pet is gone. Being separated from your beloved pet is not easy. The anxiety, worries, and sadness mixed up together is really a terrible feeling, especially when it had been too long ever since you got separated from your pet.
This man was devastated for two years after his dog ran away from home.
Bill Ballato, a resident of Westerley, Rhode Island, lived with a nine-year-old Beagle mix named Bosco. Ballato’s neighbors witnessed how close he was with his dog and they knew how great the bond between them was.
However, one day, Ballato went into his backyard only to see an empty collar and leash. Bosco had suddenly run away, and as shouting never worked, he immediately called his friends to help him with the search.
Ballato did everything he could to find his best friend yet the dog was never found.
Ballato posted missing posters everywhere, made contact with the local police and animal shelters, and he asked for possible witnesses around the neighborhood.
However, he found not a shred of news regarding his dog Bosco. The dog’s disappearance made Ballato feel depressed, anxious, and hopeless, especially when he later moved to Lafayette, Colorado.
However, the man did not let the depressing thoughts into his head. Of course, the worries were never gone especially when there are stormy nights and all he could think was Bosco’s whereabouts and safety. Ballato, despite all his worries, told Fox31 in 2016:
“There were nights, horrible nights that I wondered, especially after big storms, but something told me that he’d make it.”
He refused to give up and held his head up high to continue his search for his lost friend.
News of hope and relief came into Ballato’s inbox one fateful day.
A cop from Rhode Island sent Ballato a message about him spotting Bosco roaming on a parking lot. Ballato was thrilled to hear the news but since he already moved away from his former home, it would be hard for him to retrieve his beloved pet.
Luckily, he received help from Sheila Graham, an employee from Homeland Security that works as a pet detective in her spare time. When Ballato messaged Graham, they both conspired to catch Bosco safe and unharmed.
A sweet moment when Ballato and his dog started hearing their voices from miles away.
With Graham’s safe and efficient trap setup, they eventually lured the dog to a cage. Their efforts paid off and they successfully captured Ballato’s lost dog. She immediately called Ballato to inform him about the successful operation.
However, when Ballato spoke a word on the phone, Bosco’s ears perked up and he began barking and howling, interrupting Graham.
Ballato also heard his howling dog from his phone, and hearing it filled him with delight and relief.
Graham arranged the trip to finally reunite the dog with his owner with the help of Ballato’s friends from Rhode Island. Separated for two years, and being away for 2,000 miles from each other, it took some time for Bosco to process the reunion with Ballato.
After some time, Bosco remembered his owner and now they are living happily with each other again.
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