Getting a new pet is not always easy, especially when it is an 8 week old puppy with an abundance of energy but a lack of discipline or a sense of home. Though some animals, dogs namely, do become a part of the family and have the capacity to truly love a human being, the allure of freedom is not always resistible. Sometimes it can happen in a flash, such as when a person opens the door to enter the house and the dog darts out. Sometimes it can happen when nobody is watching, such as when the puppy digs a small hole outside and squeezes under the fence.
Realizing your dog is gone can be traumatizing, and no matter how many times you walk up and down the street, it become obvious that he or she will not simply respond to your screaming of their name or the constant squeaking of a favorite toy. At this point, the dog could be in a different neighborhood, or found another animal in somebody else’s yard and is playing with it. There are two steps that should be taken immediately to increase the chances of finding it.
First, put food on the porch. Sure, this may attract a few strays, but hopefully one of them will be your beloved Oscar. Secondly, use your laser printer to make flyers that you can pass to your neighbors. Be sure to include the name and size of the dog, as well as the most recent photo. Make sure you list your address and/or phone number, and if you have the means, offer a small reward. Print as many copies as you feel necessary, and start going door to door. Once everyone in the vicinity is keeping a watchful eye, you can continue looking, or just wait by the phone and food, hoping your baby dog comes home safely.