It’s always a nice change when you can start off the day with some good news, so here’s some: Charlie Gurion and David Wilk, the newly married couple whose dogs disappeared when their Chicago apartment was burglarized, have been reunited with their pets.
Despite all the press coverage (and of course, coverage here at Dogster), what reunited the family was that grand old Internet standby, Craigslist. A man found the two French Bulldogs, Rue and Pierre, wandering around in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on Tuesday and brought them home just before a storm hit Chicago. More than five inches of snow fell on Chicago on Tuesday and Wednesday, causing transportation problems and power outages throughout the city. Gurion and Wilk had heard that people had seen Rue and Pierre walking around in Humboldt park, but when they went to search Tuesday night, the snow and rain was too thick for them to see.
“I was like, ‘Literally, my spirit is cracked, I don’t know how we can move forward if we don’t have the dogs,'” Wilk told radio station WLS. “They are like our kids; we felt like two of our kids were kidnapped.”
According to housemate Josh Crews, Gurion and Wilk offered a reward to the man who returned the dogs, but he declined. The dogs, however, were delighted to be back.
“When they came in the door they were so happy to be home that they went bonkers crazy,” Crews said.
“We immediately just started bawling when we saw them,” Wilk said. “Pierre fell asleep in Charlie’s lap on the way home. I can tell Rue is a little timid right now. I feel like she’s a little traumatized from being out in the cold, but she’s coming around.”
The couple say that they’re going to get the two dogs microchipped immediately.
Our congratulations to the whole family, and we hope that they recover quickly from their forced separation.
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