What is it about a lost dog that gets everyone's attention? Well, then how about a kidnapped dog?
In the New Yorker, Susan Orlean writes about Cody, a border collie, who happens to be waiting in an old Volkswagon near the Atlanta History Center minding his own business, when a car thief happens upon the vehicle.
The owners, Stephen Morris and his wife Beth Bell, are devasted by the loss of their scrappy dog, who has undergone major hip surgery. Bell, a CDC epidemiologist, employs her work skills to track Cody, posting flyers, contacting animal shelters and internet sites.
Don't worry, folks, it's a happy ending.