Misty allowed us to adopt her about 4 years ago, Misty is a tri-colour Bullterrier who had a really rough start to her life and apparently from what we were told had been through 3 homes before being dumped at a shelter without a 2nd thought – with her puppies that were about 3 weeks old at the time. The puppies were all adopted (as they usually are) and not any interest was shown by any prospective adoptees in adopting Misty, that was until the fateful day I got to hear about her, we were looking for a companion for our old male bullie as his mate and my princess had recently crossed over the rainbow bridge due to cancer, we dusted off our passports and drove with my long suffering husband and daughter to go and meet her in Pretoria. I fell in love instantly, Misty wasn’t in the least bit interested in us but I had a good feeling that she was what our family needed, we left the shelter and about 5 minutes into the journey home, I rang the rescuer and told her we’d take her as soon as possible.
She came to us a week later, duly spayed, chipped and stole our hearts and has been the queen of our hearts, souls and home ever since. On the 20th December 2018 Misty decided to go for a walk – probably needed some “alone time” due to the fact that she now shares her castle with a 4 year old mini daxi Lilly and a 1 year old bullie boy named Oliver. Due to the fact Bull Terriers are considered “power breeds” and unfortunately get stolen so frequently and used for dog fighting either as bait dogs or fighting our hearts were broken, we searched constantly, drove around the neighbourhood calling her name, the night of the 20th – probably about 2 hours after we had begun our frantic search I called Indentipet in an absolute state, being an afterhours call I doubted anyone would be able to assist me – how wrong I was. I spoke to Identipet’s GM, she was awesome, from being near hysterical she calmed me down, helped me with the Identipet App on my phone allowing up to send out a notification to other pet owners in the area on my behalf (even my boss who lives about 10kms away received the alert, her furbaby is also chipped with Identipet) and a follow up call a day or 2 later to see if there was any news.
Long story short, 4 days of searching, calling all the vets in a 20km radius, SPCA’s, other shelters in and around our area proved fruitless, I was sitting at Clearwater Mall, waiting for the printing shop to open so I could get the posters done so we could start going from house to house again when a vet about 10kms from our house called to say that a gentleman – we have no idea who he is or where he lives – dropped her off with them, they scanned her and voila…our contact details were there – all updated and correct. It was truly a Christmas miracle, our baby girl was safe, a little skinnier – I guess walking 10kms will do that to a curvy girl but in perfect health. She had pitched up at his door over the weekend – he didn’t have pets of his own so he went and bought her food, kept her safe and must have realised that a dog with her special character must be a well-loved furbaby – which she is. 20 minutes after the call from the vet, Misty was sitting on the front seat of our car and on her way home to her sister and brother.