Wiley had only been missing about 10 minutes when I received a phone call.

Wiley had only been missing about 10 minutes when I received a phone call.

“Just wanted to let you know that your dog is out here.”

Wiley had accompanied me to the barn and was sticking close, but suddenly I didn’t hear the jingle of his tags (the sound of his tags clanging can tell me where he is, what he’s up to and when he’s getting too far away), and so I started calling him.

As I was checking a pasture, where I figured he had gone, I received that call of relief from a nice man who had stopped his truck on a nearby road when he saw my chubby corgi mix. He saw my cell phone number on Wiley’s tags and harness, and called me right away. Wiley hadn’t been gone long, and I figured he’d pop out of the grass any minute with that delirious look on his face that running off leash in the country causes. Though I was fretful, panic hadn’t had a chance to set in when I received Camden’s call. (THANK YOU!) He helped return my dog to me quickly, preventing what could have been hours of stressful searching, and he prevented that awesome little dog from wandering further and getting hurt.


Just a few weeks ago, I encouraged you to put a current phone number on your pet’s collar, and to not rely solely on a microchip. Last night was proof that equipping pets with this information works, and I’m grateful.

I encourage you to also be that person who stops when you see a wandering pet, who makes sure the pet is safe, and who calls the number on the tag right away. You might just be saving the pet’s life by getting it away from traffic or other harm, and you’ll also be saving someone heartache by facilitating a quick and happy reunion.

-- Prudence Siebert, pet photographer and grateful pet owner