Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : Little Dog Lost

Little Dog Lost

Reecie Sue and DoobieAfter reading an incredible story today on one of the search engines that really made me think, feel, and wonder if it had a good ending or a sad ending I thought I would ask your opinion.

I read about the ending but it hurt. It turned out much like a divorce case where the child was awarded to parents unknown and against their will due to age and ownership and what the court calls "genetic power". The power of the genes should decide just where the child belongs.


At least, when it is not settled in a courtroom with a huge battle of sorts. I think I'm confused and I hope the minds of the "owners" change their mind for the sake of the child.

The account of what actually happened was not black and white. It was gray and blurry and unanswered. Seven (7) years ago in Rogers, Arkansas, a little shih tzu disappeared from her owner's back yard. The gate was open and there was no explanation of the disappearance. Andrew Navarette told the media that he had no idea what happened. She was just gone. Her name was Mimi and she even had a microchip placed in the back of her neck for protection. He loved her very much. Since that time, after having an all out search in Rogers, Ark for Mimi, Mr. Navarette moved to Woodlake, California.

And the clock ticked on.

Vague stories were attempted to be explained how a lady named Kim Rafter of Rogers, Arkansas ended up raising Mimi. Somehow, this past Saturday, Mimi showed up at an animal clinic. The Vets checked and there was the Micro-chip.

Andrew Navarette, Mimi's dad, had never changed his cell phone number and received the shocking call that his baby Mimi was found! Yes, seven (7) years later and he received the call! He was dumbfounded and thrilled! He offered to pay for the plane flight back to California to join Mimi's original owner.

It looks like Mimi is headed home.


My concern. No matter what the obscure stories told by the current caretakers of Mimi, whether they are true or false, I think we should think about the dog!  Rafter contacted the shelter looking for her lost dog to find out that Mimi had a different owner. Hummm.

Who wins here and who loses? The Vet that examined Mimi said that she was healthy and well cared for. Rafter recants that she has raised Mimi for the last seven years and the dog is a part of her family. They are mourning for Mimi.

Let's say you are one of the Jurors....

How would you handle this? Would you give Mimi to her original daddy? Or, would you give her back to the family that originally raised and loved her for the largest part of her life?


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Comment balloon 12 commentsDeb Brooks • July 08 2011 11:33PM


Deb:  The microchip was in place all of that time and I am really surprised that none of the veterinarians that had examined Mimi all of those years found it sooner.  Whenever I find an animal, I take it to a vet and have it scanned to see if the animal has a chip.  All vets will do this free of charge.  I believe that the veterinarians are obligated to contact the owner.....Now, too bad that the original owner could simply visit Mimi and see how she has been living.  I know that I would visit the dog and if it was living in a good home environment, I would leave it where it had been living for 7 years, in the best interest of the animal

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) almost 8 years ago

The microchip is proof that someone never wanted to lose their dog. I have my dogs chipped and I would want them back no matter how long they were away. If your car was take would it be any less yours a couple years down the road?

Posted by Jay Schmitt, Gettysburg Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Keystone Realty) almost 8 years ago

Deb ~ that is a tough call.  It's crazy that the dog hadn't been taken to a vet in 6 years?!  I think I don't want to be on that jury!

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) almost 8 years ago

Oh gosh, this is a tough one, Deb.  As Jay said, the original owner did everything that he could to find his little dog--even 7 years later I'd want my little one back!  However, I'm also the proud owner of a rescue dog.  The same thing could happen with him.  We tried and tried to find his owner.  After months of not being able to do so, we began 'raising' him.  Now, if the same thing happened after 7 years, I'd be devistated if he went back to his owner of 2 years.  So, I can see both sides and of course, the dog would have to wind up with me--no matter which side of this ownership I was on!!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) almost 8 years ago

Wow Deb, I'm blue now.  Tough story, along the lines of Jane's comment - I'm pretty surprised that the people who "found" Mimi didn't take the dog to be scanned for a chip but I guess if you aren't familiar with "lost" dogs and all the steps you should take to find the owners - it would be hard to blame the new family.

It sounds like both parties need to discuss what would work out for the dog and the families...maybe visiting rights?  One thing I do know is that dogs are very resiliant.

Posted by Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC) almost 8 years ago

Oh gosh - tough one. We had a cat when I was a kid - it sort of adopted us...Mooshie (yes, we named her Mooshie) found us one day during the summer when we were outside playing. She decided she liked us and would play with us during the day - and at night would climb into our treehouse and stay there. After a week - my parents caved and let us keep her. We adored this cat!

About a year later, a woman was driving by and saw us playing with her (her name was mooshie - she was the best. cat. ever.). Turns out they had left Mooshie for a few weeks - had given her food and water to last, but had kept her locked in the house. Mooshie wasn't having that - ended up sneaking out of a very narrow window in search of a new family. She found us! When this woman came to us to tell her that we had her cat we were devestated.

She decided to let us keep her (I'm sure it would have been heartbreaking). But she did. And we were thrilled - I think it was the right choice - for Mooshie AND for us! Boy did I love that cat!!

Posted by Emily Read almost 8 years ago

Hasn't been to a vet while she had the dog?  Yep...should go to the rightful owner. Didn;t know it had a chip? Yeah right...

Let's say your daughter disappeared while she was young and 7 years later was found living with the same family for 7 years...what would you do? Oh...and yeah...she hadn't been to the doctor in all those years... so would you Say "oh that's stay there"...?


Posted by Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940 (Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska) almost 8 years ago

There will be heartbreak on all sides with this one.  It sounds like the dog has a good life ahead regardless of where it ends up but it's going to be painful for everyone. 

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666) almost 8 years ago

I saw the story and it is something else.  Who should have custody who owns the dog?

Posted by Elite Home Sales Team, A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team (Elite Home Sales Team OC) almost 8 years ago

Hmmm, that would be a tough one.  Mimi's new owner obviously didn't try to find her original owner, (or didn't try hard enough) because the dog was chipped.  At this point, I would probably let the little one stay where she was, but it is a tough thing all around.  Sad.

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) almost 8 years ago

I think the dog and its feelings need to be considered first and foremost.  Who does the dog feel it belongs to?  After seven years, would it even know the original owner?   I'd hate for my rescue dog to go back to whomever lost her in the beginning and I know what it would do to my dog.  She'd freak!

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Deb-They say when parents get divorced it is hardest on the kids and in this situation it will be hardest on the dog, I would find out if the dog remember the original owner first and then go from there. Great post.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) almost 8 years ago