The kids were upset all night, their other little dog was wimpering.
Sunny, the family's 3-year-old big blue because the pool guy left the door open, and she was gone. The bracket that holds the license on Sunny's pink collar broke and she was loose without her ID. Their other dog has a microchip, but not Sunny.
"We were all worried, the kids didn't get much sleep," said Steve Schoenfield. His daughter put flyers up around the neighborhood before going to school.
His wife, Marie Sicre, posted a "Lost Dog" notice on Studio City Patch.
Two miles away, , an active parent at Carpenter Community Charter School and Walter Reed Middle School, was walking home with his son Zackary around Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Moorpark Avenue and saw a scared Sunny.
In an email to Studio City Patch, Johnston said:
I thought you might enjoy a SC Patch 'success' story. While walking home from school yesterday, my son Zackary and I came upon a very scared but friendly dog which had somehow escaped from its keepers. Two other Studio City residents had already called Animal Control but were unable to stay with the dog until their scheduled arrival two hours later.
Since the dog was a pit bull mix I was pretty certain of its fate if taken to the shelter. We decided to take her home and see if we could find her a home or her keepers. As you can imagine this was a fairly daunting task given that she had no tags.
After spending that afternoon/evening/and this morning trying to contact the shelter and pit bull rescue organizations (to no avail) I was feeling a bit “down” and decided to read the Studio City Patch in search of local news with a happy ending.
Lo and behold the first item I saw was a picture of this dog and its keeper's absolute desire to find her. Without boring you with the details our families were able to contact each other and Sunny is now happily back to where she belongs. Thank you and everyone at the Patch for promptly posting her picture and enabling this story to have such a wonderful ending.
"We are so happy to have the dog back, she is fine," Schoenfield said. "It's a long way from home."
(Schoenfield, you may remember, was the public defender for accused of killing .)
In another coincidence (reinforcing that Studio City is just a small town in a big city) Lana Shackelford told us at the that she had stumbled across Johnston and his son and fed Sunny some of the Patch-branded dog bones that she got att! Small world!
The family is back together, the 65-pound Sunny is reunited with her "older brother" and everyone is happy.
"We want to say thanks to Studio City Patch," Schoenfield said.
And Patch is happy to oblige.
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