Two Christians, Muslim Reunite Lost Dog With Atheist Family

ROANOKE, Va. – Lucy and Ian West, who are both atheists, have spent the last two years grieving over their beloved Cocker Spaniel, Dougie, who they thought was lost forever. “We feared the worst,” Ian West told Fox 21 Roanoke, “He was a great dog, very well trained, but he loved to explore.”

The Wests, who own and operate a local moving company, said they came home one night to find the back gate open and Dougie gone. “Thinking back, it’s possible I forgot to lock it after taking the trash out, or the wind might have blown it open,” Lucy West said. “We put up flyers around the neighborhood; we were checking shelters for months. We didn’t want to give up.”

Last week the Wests received good news. A voice message was left on their home answering machine from Victoria Watts, a student at Virginia Commonwealth University. Watts, who is a Christian, had been hiking along the James River with two friends, fellow Christian Tammy Hargrave and Abdul Qamar, a Muslim, when they came across a stray dog. “He looked pretty healthy and we thought maybe he’d just lost his owners, so we started asking around,” Watts told Fox 21, “But he didn’t belong to anybody.”

It wasn’t until Abdul checked the dog’s collar that the trio realized he wasn’t even from Richmond. “We were shocked when we looked at his tag and it said he was from Roanoke. I said, ‘Dougie, you are a long way from home boy!'” Abdul recalled. Watts called the telephone number on Dougie’s tag and left a message with the Wests, who returned her call several hours later. “I was practically crying, I was so happy,” Lucy West said. “We immediately jumped in the car and drove to Richmond. We didn’t care that it was ten o’clock at night.”

The Wests aren’t the only ones celebrating Dougie’s return. “He’s a big hit around the block,” said neighbor Meryl Silverburgh, a Jew. “All the kids love him.”

R. Hobbus J.D.

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  1. It would be nice if you added a disclaimer to the end noting that this is satirical. Not funny to fool people like that!

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