Losing a dog is sad. When your dog runs away, you just feel so powerless; you can search all over town, but you never know what it’s up to. It can be happily frolicking in a backyard somewhere, having more fun than you’ll ever have, or it could be dead. It’s awful, and the uncertainty is the hard part.
Novelist and screenwriter Dennis Lehane – the writer of the novels and film adaptations of Mystic River and Shutter Island – lost his black and tan beagle Tessa in his hometown of Brookline, MA after it jumped over the fence and ran away, but he’s got a creative way to get it back. The author is offering a unique reward in exchange for returning his family dog: if you find the little canine you’ll get a character named after you in Lehane’s new book. That would be pretty cool. Lehane is smart; he realized that if he made such an offer the thing would go viral, and the amount of eyes on his lost dog would increase, which would in turn increase his chances of getting his beloved dog back.
For posterity, and to further spread Lehane’s message, here’s his dog-finding request:
One another, more urgent note, our recent and beloved rescue dog, Tessa, jumped the fence in Brookline and has been roaming through the wilds of Coolidge Corner for the last 24 hours. It’s possible she’s staying in some good Samaritan’s home right now or has tucked herself away on a porch. But if anyone sees her or knows of her whereabouts, please reach out to this page. Here’s a picture of her. She’s smart, fast, and immeasurably sweet. She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. She’s micro-chipped, but her tags were off when she was let out into the yard. Naming of character in the next book for anyone who gets her back to us! (No, really!) Again–Tessa, black-and-tan Beagle, 24 hours on the lam, sweet as all hell. Thank you!
And here’s a picture of Lehane’s Tessa:
As a sidenote, I have a really cool sciencey thing about dogs that needs to get shared because it might be the cutest thing I’ve ever heard.
Some scientist was all like, “You know what I want to do for the next couple of months? Just watch puppies play with each other.” And that she did. Camille Ward proved that “young male dogs playing with female pups will often let the females win, even if the males have a physical advantage.”
Boy dogs let girl dogs win. They’ll be playing with a frisbee or whatever and the boy dog will let the girl dog take the frisbee, and that’s adorable.
If you live in Brookline, try and help the Lehanes get their dog back, and if you live anywhere else revel in the cuteness that right now there are definitely little boy puppies letting girl puppies win at whatever dumb games dogs play. And that is awesome.