I can't believe my luck. Just as I was stepping out of the condo gate this evening to bring Rusty for his walk, two young ladies approached me to ask about their lost dog.
As it turns out, one of them is the owner of Lost Dog! I brought them to my neighbour's house, the one who took the dog in last night. The owner Andrea was feeling elated and quite emotional. Her dog, also called Cookie (do Cookies always end up getting lost?), is only over a year old. He has won many awards in dog shows for the jumping and tricks category. Ah, that explains his agility.
When I asked about his diet, Andrea explained that Cookie is allergic to chicken and only eats salmon. No wonder he rejected my canned chicken last night.
We arrived at the neighbour's house only to discover that they had already sent the dog to the police station nearby. They were nice enough to accompany Andrea to retrieve the dog while I continued walking Rusty.
I still can't believe how lucky I was to have met the owner even though we do not live in the same development. I brought Rusty out later than usual otherwise I would have missed her. It was really a case of being at the right place at the right time.
She just texted me to say that the police has sent Cookie to the SPCA today. She'll be heading there tomorrow morning to get him. I'm glad the ordeal is over for them both.
We all can sleep well tonight.