Here’s a lesson in this era of social media influence. A missing dog is found exponentially faster if the right person has the right audience.
In the case of Pepper, a 15-year-old corgi, he got lost but he just happened to be found by someone who could get Pepper back home.
It was stormy Sunday night when Pepper wandered away from his parents Buffy and Harry Wallace’s home in Charleston, West Virginia. The Wallaces, both seniors, had gone out for dinner. When the returned home, they found their dog went missing.
In another part of town, Matt Nelson’s mother picked up a lost canine. That was fate.
Matt Nelson runs a Twitter account called We Rate Dogs which rates and shares dog photos and videos. The account has nearly 7 million followers. While Matt’s mom posted flyers, Matt posted Pepper’s photo online. The tweet was shared 9,000 times and had more than 59,000 likes.
When Matt’s mom took Pepper to the vet, they noticed a senior citizen driving around. While Matt’s mom thought it might be the dog’s owner because she was convinced Pepper belonged to an older owner, Matt wasn’t so sure.
Nelson told WOWK a CBS affiliate they couldn’t just ask every old person if this is their dog.
But sure enough, the older man looking around was Harry Wallace, Pepper’s owner.
WE FOUND HIS OWNER! THE PUP’S NAME IS PEPPER AND HE’S 15 YEARS OLD! HAPPY ENDING TO THE WAYWARD CORGI STORY pic.twitter.com/qFXAzHZrAZ
— WeRateDogs™🏳️🌈 (@dog_rates) June 18, 2018
Pepper is back to doing nothing all day and laying out in the sun! My grandpa was happier than he’s ever been before! pic.twitter.com/1w4CDlX3Gk
— Will Jenkins (@willjenks14) June 18, 2018