A little while ago, I asked about the strangest thing you’ve ever had in lost and found. Many of you replied with items like remote controls, keys to cars that somehow found their way home. Strange, indeed. But the winner of the “Lost & Found” Contest is Christie Olson Day of Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino, California.
She opened her store one morning and found this sweet girl waiting for her.
It turns out that the dog and and her owner were separated while running errands, so she followed one of Gallery’s customers down the street and into the bookstore. Gallery Bookshop gives treats to dogs and she had visited before with her owner, so she was already a fan of the store.
“I was the first person in and she just started following me around,” said Olson Day. “I could hear that someone else was here. It took me a while to realize it was a German shepherd. And then it took me even longer to realize that she didn’t belong to one of our booksellers, who was scheduled to come in an hour after me.”
They identified the owner through the dog’s license, and then located him through a “have you seen so-in-so” post on social media (he was out hanging up “LOST DOG” posters). When the two were finally reunited, they were very happy to see each other.
And although she’s a self-proclaimed cat person, Olson Day says the dog turned out to be an exemplary guest. “After being alone for 14 hours, there was just one empty trash can tipped over,” she said. “She was a real sweetie.”