Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Finder of lost dog relents

Returns it in time for boy's birthday

By Erica Solvig
The Cincinnati Enquirer

MASON - Just in time for their son's 9th birthday, the Dishon family's lost puppy Lucy returned home

The family made national headlines last week when they received $100 and an anonymous note from someone who had found the Chihuahua-poodle mix but did not intend to give her back.

Apparently, that finder had a change of heart. Someone dropped Lucy off at a local vet this weekend, saying "I think this is the dog that everyone's looking for," according to Alisa Dishon.

The 36-year-old mother of three picked the puppy up Saturday morning after the veterinarian contacted her.

"The kids were ecstatic," Dishon said. "She's still a puppy, so in two months she has grown a lot and her hair has gotten longer. But I can tell the dog was well cared for and loved."

Lucy was missing since September after getting out of the electronically fenced yard. The family and neighbors posted fliers and called police but did not hear anything until they received the letter this month.

After hearing Lucy's new owners were not giving her back, the Dishons had nearly reconciled to the fact the buff-colored dog wasn't coming home. They had even planned on buying a labradoodle (a Labrador/poodle mix) Sunday for their son Regan's birthday.

Instead, they spent the day fawning over Lucy, who now only goes out in the yard supervised.

"We can't leave her alone - we're all fighting over who gets to hold her," Dishon said. "We're just glad the dog is back. I just want to say thank you to the people who decided to do the right thing."


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