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Blind Dog Goes Missing, Gets Found By Animal Shelter

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PRINCETON, Minn. (WCCO) — Boomer is a 9-year-old yellow lab and he lives in Princeton, about an hour north of the Twin Cities.

The trouble is Boomer is blind and wandered away from home Monday night.

As it turns out, Boomer is one lucky dog because he was found by a woman who runs a Princeton animal rescue organization. It’s a good reminder for all pet owners, though, to keep their animals safe, especially now that the weather is getting colder.

Ruff Start Rescue is a haven for homeless dogs. But it’s rare that these volunteers help a blind dog. Boomer went missing Monday night and was eventually found along a busy road.

“It was about rush hour and it was Halloween so everyone was out bringing their kids trick or treating, driving by, or driving into town,” said Emily Randolph with Ruff Start Rescue. “He was stumbling and running into things, she quickly found out he was blind, had to lure him, coax him into the car.”

Boomer spent the night a veterinary clinic, scared and shaken, a situation no one wants for their best friend. It could have been a lot worse had temperatures been below zero.

“With winter coming people need to definitely think about getting a fence if they don’t have one and if they have a fence also snow comes and builds up and dogs can jump the fence, we see it all the time,” said Azure Davis with Ruff Start Rescue.

Boomer’s owner was lucky to find him through word of mouth, but your chances of finding a missing pet are much better with a microchip.

It’s a little piece of science, it’s fairly inexpensive, and can be implanted in less than a minute. And any age dog can be micro-chipped from a senior dog like Boomer to a little guy like Loki. It’s a great way if your best friend gets lost that he can come home safe and soon.

And the puppy Lauren was holding is up for adoption. You can find out more about that process by heading to the Ruff Start Rescue web site.

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