It turned out the dog was hers. He had gone out a side door without anyone noticing and was cavorting all over the neighborhood. Some of you may remember or guess that the dog was a black Labrador Retriever.
A couple of years ago in Minnesota a man contended that the kennel sent him home with the wrong dog. Also a black Lab. Now it’s happened again in Washington, according to this story in the Seattle Times.
Does one black Lab look (and act) just like the other?
After they were picked up from the kennel, Bella who belongs to the Petersons spent a few weeks with Anne Galasso. Galasso’s dog LaiLa spent time in Canada with relatives of the Petersons and then came home when they returned from a vacation in Europe.
Both families suspected something was different, but never dreamed the kennel had given them the wrong dog. The Petersons thought that Bella looked skinnier, barked more and didn’t respond to her name the same way; Galasso noticed that the Lab she had did more licking than usual but they both chalked it up to being left for a while.
Finally the Petersons noticed that their Lab didn’t have the missing tooth that Bella had. The truth was soon revealed when they took her to a veterinary hospital that scanned her microchip. The dog was LaiLa, not Bella.
Galasso was shocked when the hospital called her, because the dogs were so similar. Bella even slept at the bottom of her bed with her cats just like LaiLa did.
It’s hard to imagine not recognizing your own dog, but black Labs do look alike. One of the reasons that they remain popular year after year is that they are friendly, versatile dogs, eager to please their owners. They are happy as working retrievers, running partners or couch potatoes. They are prominently used in law enforcement, as guide dogs, and baby sitters.
Sadly, big black dogs are usually the last dogs adopted from rescues and shelters.
PetSmart PetsHotel of Issaquah, Washington where the mistake occurred, is trying to make amends, partly by refunding the boarding fees.