CROWN POINT | Snoopy and his owner were reunited Friday.
Michael Atchison said a Crown Point woman who works at the Lake County Government Center and found Snoopy in the parking lot there three weeks ago, contacted him after seeing an article in The Times about his missing pit bull.
The woman, who met Atchison on Friday in the Highland Meijer’s parking lot to return Snoopy, told Atchison she had taken off from work Monday trying to locate the dog’s owner through Pet Vet and Hammond Animal Control. That agency had an outdated phone number for him but did, however, have his correct address.
Atchison said Snoopy appeared to have been well cared for by the woman, who refused the $150 reward. Snoopy had been bathed, fed and even had his nails clipped, Atchison said.
“I am so glad that the person who did find him was an animal lover,” Atchison said.
Atchison is thrilled and relieved to have his loyal companion back.
“I can’t even tell you how excited I was,” Atchison said. “I have been so stressed. I’ve got tears of joy.”
Snoopy was “wagging his tail fast” when he saw Atchison.
Atchison said he had left 3-year-old Snoopy in his car for only seven minutes with the window down while he went inside the administration building.
Atchison, who had printed and distributed fliers about his missing dog, had Snoopy since he was an 8-week-old pup. He rescued the dog from renters in a unit he owned after the dog was left alone crying in a bathroom for two days.
“I was impressed by his gentle nature,” Atchison said. “When I got him he was so young and so small that he couldn’t even walk up and down the stairs. So I would put a long leash on him and gently tug on his collar saying, ‘Come on.’”
Now, Atchison stands on one side of the stairs while Snoopy bounds up and down, he said.