Saturday Smile

The power of our interconnected world!

When Jean and I moved to Oregon back in 2012 we lost two dogs; Chester and Paloma. Frankly, it was very much the fault of ‘yours truly’ for I was far too complacent about assuming that all the dogs would very quickly know this place was their new home.

We never saw Chester again and even today, some four years later, if his name comes up in conversation I can see the pain appear on Jean’s face.

Amazingly, we found Paloma after four days!

Mother Nature Network recently had an article about a dog who disappeared but, thanks to the power of the Internet, some two years later it became clear that the dog was still alive.

Here is that article for all you good people.


Senior dog missing for 2 years spotted online

Original owners thrilled to know he’s alive and well in a happy place.

Mary Jo DiLonardo

September 26, 2016
Captain Ron's original owners say his favorite song as a younger dog was 'Scarborough Fair' by Simon and Garfunkel. (Photo: Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary/Facebook)
Captain Ron’s original owners say his favorite song as a younger dog was ‘Scarborough Fair’ by Simon and Garfunkel. (Photo: Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary/Facebook)

Captain Ron is a favorite at the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. He was taken in by the rescue group about two years ago when he was picked up as an older stray with health issues. They knew the aging dog likely wouldn’t be adopted at a traditional shelter and probably wouldn’t make it out after the three-day hold period. So Captain Ron became a permanent resident at the home-based sanctuary where older dogs go to live out their senior years.

Captain Ron’s photo is often shared on the group’s Facebook page, where the sweet-faced pooch caught the eye of some very special people: his former owners.

Captain Ron, with a major photobomb by Lacy :)
Captain Ron, with a major photobomb by Lacy 🙂

They reached out and contacted the shelter, so happy to see that their four-legged best friend was happy and in a wonderful place.

Lil' Liza Jane and Big Captain Ron
Lil’ Liza Jane and Big Captain Ron

It turns out that Captain Ron’s original name was Oscar. He lived on a farm with cows and sheep and is a Grand Pyrenees/Rottweiler mix. He lost his eye from a fungal infection called blastomycosis and was just getting over an illness when he disappeared from the farm. The owners have since moved out of state and agreed that the best place for 13-year-old Captain Ron is with his new canine family where he is settled and happy. At the sanctuary, Captain Ron shares his days and nights with about 50 other dogs.

Captain Ron’s family was thrilled to share photos of the pup in his younger days.

Young Captain Ron
Young Captain Ron
little Captain Ron
little Captain Ron
Captain Ron as an adolescent
Captain Ron as an adolescent

Although fans of the sanctuary’s Facebook page are divided over whether the owners should have tried to bring the dog back or let him stay where he’s been the past two years, most are glad that they got to see Captain Ron/Oscar happy and healthy, long after they had given up hope he was lost for good.


 This is certainly an age where the world wide web is changing hugely the ways we live our lives. This is one very positive example of that change.

12 thoughts on “Saturday Smile

  1. It is horrible to lose a pet, Paul. My heart goes out to you. Fortunately, that has never happened to us. Knock on wood. I was torn between understanding why Oscar’s owners didn’t want to uproot him and being annoyed that they didn’t want to reunite with him. I don’t know their circumstances. If they lived half way across the country, that could be plausible. For me personally, I would find a way to get my pet back especially a senior pet. Thank God for the power of the internet!


    1. Yes, that was Jean’s response. That we would embrace our lost dog back into our hearts no matter the distance or cost. Simply because in just a few days that dog would be fully settled in. They live so well in the present.

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      1. They do! I have found with the multiple moves that we have made over the years and different houses we have lived in, our dogs have been amazingly adaptable. I am certain that Oscar would have happily adapted to living with his family again.


  2. It’s an awful to lose to a pet. I’m so sorry that happened to you and Jean. I’ve never lost a dog but I’ve had several cats disappear over a period of about 50 years or so. I now have a couple of added on with screened in porches to keep my cats safe. And my entire one acre is fenced to contain the dogs. I never let the dogs out at night without total supervision and even during the day. I have them trained to my voice as well as a bell and sometimes I use a whistle to call them back to me.

    To stress the point if you live in an area with bear, mountain lion or, coyotes one must be super vigilant. When moving to a new area dogs and cats need at least a month to acclimate to a new environment. Cats left outdoors and to their own devices are likely to meet their maker for there are too many predators such as the afore mentioned plus hawks and owls.

    I’m puzzled why the family of the missing dog did not want to take their dog. Perhaps they did not want to spend money on an older dog. That is very sad. I just know the dog would be so happy to see his family again. But maybe there are other concerns that we don’t know about.


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