Legend has it that a dog napper lurks through the dark alleys of the neighborhood in Los Angeles known as West Hollywood. He wears a long dark coat and moves as swift as a fox! When you’re least expecting it, the dog napper will swoop in, rip your dog clean off of the leash and you will never see your pet again!
Okay that’s a little dramatic, I guess. But the dog napper is real and I have proof! A friend of mine was the proud daddy of an adorable and very sweet Yorkie named Spock. One day, my friend decided to pop into Whole Foods on his walk home with Spock because he had noticed Spock panting and thought he could use a drink. Knowing he’d only be in the store for a couple minutes, he tied Spock up outside of the store and ran inside to get some water. When he came back less than five minutes later, Spock was nowhere in sight! AJ, my friend, frantically looked everywhere and asked around, but nobody had seen a thing. It was as if Spock magically disappeared!
AJ, a crew of friends and I spent the rest of the afternoon posting Lost Dog signs around the neighborhood and riding down every street we could find on bikes, hollering for Spock. Sure enough, my friend turned a corner on her bike and saw a man walking a dog that looked just like Spock. When my friend called his name, the dog pulled at the leash – it was clearly Spock. The man tried to deny the fact that this was a stolen dog until my friend began to dial the police. The man released Spock and ran away as fast as possible.
We never saw the dog napper again and probably never will, since he is the master of trickery. But there is a lesson to be learned from Spock’s story: never leave your pup unattended, no matter how safe you think it is! Whether you live in West Hollywood or Timbuktu, you never know where a dog napper could be lurking.