He may have been for a week, but when Zoom Zoom, the lost Shiba-Inu mix, heard the voice of his owner calling to him on Crestview Drive Tuesday morning, he ran into her arms with the energy of a well-rested pup.
Zoom Zoom's owner, Michelle Quintenella was on her way to the Hallmark/Crestview barrier after receiving . After asking several morning walkers if they had spotted the dog, Michelle knew she was on the right track and within minutes Zoom Zoom came running down Crestview to greet Michelle and her other Shiba mix, Rain Check.
"I've been worried sick about him. He just slipped his leash and we've been looking everywhere," said Ray Fawthrop, who arrived with a bowl of chicken and Zoom Zoom's collar and leash.
Michelle posted this comment on the Patch:
"Thank you residents of Belmont & San Carlos for watching over our doggie and helping us to reunite. One clue from Linda on Crestview and Buttercup broke the case right open. After combing the neighborhood, and asking everyone, more clues came of his "on the run habits" Many phone calls this morning too led us to reunite about 8:00."
"He was a foster dog and we were just about to adopt him for good last Tuesday when he slipped out of his collar and took off," said Michelle, who, along with other family members fosters homeless dogs.
Zoom Zoom, who, because he had slipped out of his collar, had no tags or identification, has been spotted by residents throughout the Hallmark neighborhood since last week, yet no one, including animal control officers from the Peninsula Humane Society were able to corral him and bring him to a safe place while his owners were located.
As it turns out, Zoom Zoom does have a microchip implanted under his skin. If animal control officers from Peninusla Humane Society had caught him and brought him to the Burlingame shelter, Zoom Zoom's owners could have been located.
It truly does take a village to save a dog.