While it is super common to hear fireworks around the Fourth of July, there really is never a bad time for fireworks. They’re pretty, they’re sparkly, they legit fill the sky with light. But what some people fail to realize is that fireworks can actually spook dogs pretty bad. There were times that my dog Jack would start to shake even before he started hearing the fireworks. He would hide in the bathroom, and honestly, it was just heartbreaking.
One woman experienced something that she never thought she would’ve had to…then she ended up being happily wrong.
Imagine thinking you lost your dog…then to be reunited with them. Happy and tragic all at the same time!
All at once, here’s what happened (and then we will go into more details):
- Codie Hutton, 26, from Crowfield, Suffolk said that she lost her dog (initially happened on November 5th, 2022)
- Two days later, the body of a pooch was found and believed to be her beloved dog Maisie
- The pooch’s body was buried in the family’s home garden outside
- Roughly 48 hours after that the dog and her family were reunited
Wow…what a story already, am I right?! Well let’s dive just a bit deeper into what all went down!
It all started when Maisie ‘bolted and ran’ after getting spooked by some fireworks. Hutton described it as the worst moment of her life as she fully expected to never see her dog ever again.
She was told that Maisie was spotted near certain roads, crossing certain streets, so naturally, a nearly two day search went on looking for her (not just in those specific places…literally everywhere). But with no luck.
Shortly after one of the daily searches began, Hutton was told that there was the body of a dog found. Someone had tied it in with the last time that they had seen Maisie and given that the dogs looked so freaking similar, she thought it was her. The family was beyond devastated, but life goes on…they had a full on burial ceremony for her in their backyard garden.
Here’s where the story gets more interesting and mind-blowing if you ask me!
The following day (the day following the initial ‘sighting’ and burial that is), a volunteer group called Finding Ipswich Dogs Organisation (FIDO) and an additional team of 20 other people actually found the Maisie (the right one, that is) at a nearby Wickham Market in town!
The dog was just crying with so much excitement that tears probably rolled down her cute face!
Here’s what owner Codie Hutton had to say, following their most precious reunion together:
"“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who shared the post and who helped us search for Maisie.”"
Sam French, the main guy who runs the volunteer organization called FIDO also had this to say:
"“It was a really great outcome for Maisie but as a society we need to think about the impact fireworks have on dogs.”"
Since this tragic, yet ultimately happy event has occurred, people all over are now posting to Facebook Groups and all over other social media platforms to warn people of the dangers that fireworks post to dogs, as well as how to help them if they get spooked by them too!
That’s a wrap on this interestingly heartwarming yet super sad dog-human reunion story!
Does your dog get spooked? What it one tip that you’ve been to help your pooches that has been so helpful that you just can’t help but share with everyone in the world? Stay safe…Woof, Woof!