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February 10, 2013

Spike the wanderer returns home

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“It’s the best (money) you’ll ever spend,” said Hall, who has a Shetland sheepdog.

Hall also praised Robinson and Delk for making the reunion possible, downplaying her own role. “They’re the heroes in my book,” she said.

Friends meet

On a side note, the reunion between dog and owner wasn’t the only memorable event that Saturday morning.

It was also the first meeting between Hall and Robinson, who have been friends on the Internet for three years.

The two women met through their blog sites, and found they had a lot in common. At one point, both had yellow Labrador retrievers.

Robinson said she was attracted to Hall’s writing because it reminded her of the late columnist, Erma Bombeck. “This is Erma Bombeck reincarnated,” Robinson said of Hall. “She’s a fantastic writer. I enjoyed her stories.”

When Robinson was going through some health problems, she found she could get support and advice from Hall, a retired nurse who worked at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center and the Provena Cancer Center.

The two communicated through e-mail and then telephone, but hadn’t met in person until last weekend.

“I was so thrilled to meet her,” Robinson said.

For people and pet, it was a good day all around. Spike is probably dreaming about his friends in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois — plus others who tried to help him along the way. Best of all, he’s back with his loving family.

FYI

— Read comments about Spike on the Greenbrier Humane Society’s Facebook page. The organization’s website is www.greenbrierhumane.org.

— Microchips, about the size of a grain of rice, are implanted by a veterinarian or technician under an animal’s skin. An enrollment form is completed with chip ID, owner contact information, pet name and description, and other inforamtion. The form is sent to a registry, such as the chip manufacturer. For a fee, the registry typically provides 24-hour, toll-free telephone service for the life of the pet. A chip without current contact information is essentially useless.

The Pets column runs every four weeks. If you would like to have your pet featured, contact Mary Wicoff at 477-5161, send an e-mail to mwicoff@dancomnews.com or write to Commercial-News, 17 W. North, Danville, IL 61832.

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