Invasion Of The Body Snatchers

That's Not Callie!!!If you dropped off your owner at spring break, would you have difficulty picking him out when he returned? Of course not. So how can an owner not know his own canine when he returns from a week of fried seafood and fried skin? I don’t know but here’s the story.

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – Ken Griggs likes his new dog, but he preferred the old one. Then again, it might be the same dog. In a possible case of mistaken identity, Griggs said the black Labrador named Callie that he left at a Dundee kennel before spring break was not the same dog he picked up a week later.

“It’s a sweet dog,” Griggs said of the impostor living at his Lake Oswego house. “It’s tough because now we’ve had the dog for 10-plus days, and the kids, especially the younger ones, start to get attached to the dog. I like it, but I want mine.”

He suspects it’s an imposter but doesn’t know for sure. Maybe Callie just had an attitude change brought on by being abandoned at a kennel with 40 other dogs, or maybe her body was taken over by alien pods?

Allison Best, owner of the Tail Wag-Inn boarding kennel, said Griggs has the right dog.

Griggs said he immediately noticed differences in the dog he picked up from the kennel. The family cat – normally friends with Callie – hissed at the dog. Callie would heel; this dog did not.

Of course Callie refused to heel, she was now a hardened canine. Off the record she let her true feelings be known. “Frankly I was disappointed with my family. Upon their return, this is what I got,” she said as she held up a collar. On it, it proclaimed, My Parents Went To Aruba and All I Got Was This Lousy Collar.

“Heel? Not a chance.”

Griggs returned the dog to the kennel and Best examined whether Callie might have gotten mixed-up with any of the other black Labradors staying there that week.

Owners of the seven other black Labs all said they had the right dog.

However, the owner of Dixie, a dog Callie shared a kennel with, said her dog had undergone a “personality change,” Best said. But after three or four conversations that day, the owner maintained she had the right dog.

So Dixie shared a cage with Callie, Dixie’s owner noticed a personality change and the local kennel called saying that Callie’s owners are experiencing the same thing. Sounds like an open and shut case.

Still, Best arranged for the owners and their dogs to meet March 31 for a possible exchange. The woman called saying she was late, Best said.

Meanwhile, Griggs had arrived with his family. A black Lab got excited when the Griggses approached, the kids declared it was Callie, and into the car the dog went.

It was the same dog the Griggs had just returned.

Open and shut until humans come into the picture. Apparently the facts were wrong, as was Griggs. You don’t pick out the wrong dog, who you’ve spent over 10 years with, twice. That would be doggie owner malpractice.

But still unsure, Griggs took the dog to his vet.

Callie had once surgery to her left elbow; this dog showed no trauma. Callie also had steel sutures after being spayed; this dog had none that showed up on the X-ray. The dog also seemed to have had a rapid weight loss.

Griggs has hired a lawyer, but Best says the case is closed.

If in doubt, lawyer up.

[Best] said. “If he can’t recognize his dog, I don’t feel I can be any help.”

Two days later, this update appeared in the paper.

It appears Mr. Griggs was right after all.

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – Ken Griggs finally brought the right dog home. More than two weeks after the Lake Oswego man claimed a boarding kennel returned the wrong dog after spring break, he and his family were reunited with their black Labrador named Callie.

The case finally resolved itself when the kennel owner got a phone call from an acquaintance of the Sherwood woman, who had told her that “Dixie was not Dixie.”

The real Callie finally returned home Wednesday, and spent the evening playing with Griggs’ four younger children.

“I’m happy and relieved and just want things to get back to normal,” Griggs said after the exchange.

The power of personal responsibility knows no bounds as evidenced by the kennel owner’s response…

“We tried to do everything we could, and it’s really unfortunate we had two customers who couldn’t identify their dogs,” she said.

Maybe owners need to start marking us they way we mark their flower beds.


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