Things were shaken up at the Odessa Police Department in Texas when a dog wandered in to report himself missing. Well, not literally, but there was a dog who did walk into the police department, much to the delight of the officers. He was a very friendly dog. And while the officers enjoyed the visit, they knew that he was probably a little lost.
Sergeant Rusty Martin explained to The Dodo, “We were all excited to have him in the building. We had a tennis ball and threw it in the lobby for a bit. Everyone loved on him.”
With the dog’s well-being their number one priority, the police officers began the search for the dog’s family. But then, their case took an unexpected turn. The dog’s collar happened to have a missing ID tag – probably fallen off somewhere. With no ID tag, they had to reach out to animal control in order to have the dog scanned for a microchip. It took animal control a while to reach them, and in the meantime, a series of events happened at the station.
As it turns out, while everyone was waiting on animal control to show, the dog took it upon himself to set off in search of home. He just walked right back out.
The Support Our Permian Basin Police Officers Facebook page posted about the random encounter, writing, “So…. this happy guy randomly strolled into the front desk of the Police Department last night. We’re thinking he wanted to apply for a K-9 position after eliminating a Lassie type situation. He was given lots of love and attention until he decided it was time for him to leave. He let himself out and after an exhausting search was not found. We were relieved to learn he safely returned to his owner. Chico is welcome back anytime.”
“He ran out just as quick as he came in,” Martin continued. “The owner responded the next day [to say that] it was his dog and he had returned home. He lives about a mile from the station. I was impressed.”
Martin added. “He may just be cut out for this work.”
People then began to comment on the post.
Leigh Aileen commented, “OMG, he’s so adorable. I love him and don’t even know him. He has the sweetest face.”
Juliana Gregory added, “The pooch just wanted to see if there were any places on the K9 teams and when he saw that weren’t no openings he decided to leave and thank you for your services and I got an armload of salutes from me to you guys and I got your backs since you guys have mine.”
Ginger Branham Coleman said, “I absolutely LOVE this post! I saw it on our local news in South Carolina! This dog is so smart and he is beautiful! Gotta love a dog, I know that my fur babies are my Best Friends!”
Celia Nutt also commented, “OMG! How cute is this? I’m sure the officers loved this. What a handsome applicant…I’ll hire him.”