Date
23 November 2017
Mocha is shown before she went missing (left), after being rescued (middle) and at the vet with a playmate and their owner (right). Photos: Apple Daily
Mocha is shown before she went missing (left), after being rescued (middle) and at the vet with a playmate and their owner (right). Photos: Apple Daily

Pet-owner reunions: Why this one is slightly different

It’s a classic reunion story between a missing pet and its owner, but this one has a lot of twists and turns (come to think of it, which reunion story does not have a lot of twists and turns?).

When a Hong Kong woman lost her poodle Mocha during a visit to a country club, few thought the dog would ever be found.

But three months, countless flyers, a generous bounty and several encounters with a stray later, the woman and her furry friend are back together.

And all because she did not give up on the little guy. 

The woman, surnamed Au, lost Mocha, along with another poodle, during a visit to Beas River Country Club in Sheung Shui in December.

One turned up eight days later but Mocha was nowhere to be found even after she papered the area over with flyers and offered a HK$10,000 (US$1,289) reward.

But two weeks ago, Au got a message that a stray spotted in a Yuen Long roadside resembled her dog.

She began going to the place, bringing food and calling Mocha’s name, but the dog would not come to her.

Finally, after two weeks religiously doing the exact same thing, Au wore down the dog’s resistance and got close enough to hold it and bring the poodle to a veterinarian who treated the animal for minor injuries.

She was referred to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong’s top regulator for pet-related matters, but decided to go the next day.

Meanwhile, the poodle seemed to know every nook and cranny of Au’s Sha Tin home, even knowing where to get food, toys and other things.

It occurred to Au that the dog might be Mocha.

She went back to the vet who pronounced Mocha’s undeniable provenance through a chip implant in its nape.

We suppose this is how most pet identity crisis stories end but we couldn’t make it up if we tried.

Apple Daily first ran the story on Thursday. 

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