Shelter Dog Goes on the Lam for 18 Days, Outsmarting Traps

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Guero was not even supposed to be the dog I adopted but somehow he “Houdinied” his way into my life. When he was rescued from Texas, he was not tagged by Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue and wasn’t supposed to come to Virginia. He happened to be sharing a kennel with other dogs tagged by SSR (these dogs were his biological siblings).

Once he was in Virginia, he was lost by his first adopter! I ended up discussing him during my adoption interview as I live close to where he was lost. I decided to get involved in the search for him and was part of the capture process. Guero was on the run for 18 days on the streets of Richmond, Virginia. During those 18 days, he was quite the little Houdini! He would eat the food that was put out to lure him to the cage but wouldn’t get caught. When people would try to catch him, he would outrun or outsmart them.


One time when I was setting up the camera and cage to capture him, he waltzed right by me, didn’t even stop to see what I was up to. Just turned his nose up at me and kept on walking. Ironically, his name is a common misspelling of my last name, Guerrero. So it was pretty much a given that I had to have him and I wouldn’t give up.

The night he was caught, I got a notification that the camera had movement. I watched as he walked around and ate the food that was out for for him. He finally set off the trap and was captured. I was so excited because I knew he was finally safe now and that I would be able to give him the life he should have.

Since I adopted him, he’s been living the good life and is slowly learning how to dog! He has learned how to pose for pictures and looks very handsome in glasses. He used to recoil when anyone would try to pet him, but now he seeks out pets and attention. I am amazed at how much of a different dog he is now, compared to when he first arrived in my life. He has learned how to play with other dogs, chew on dog bones, and play with plush toys. He lets people of any age pet him and give him treats!


September will be a year since this little guy “Houdinied” his way into my life and my heart, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Story submitted by Angelo Guerrero in support of Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue. Vote for your favorite Fur-tastic Scrapbook story here!

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