Wish you'd been around when my dog ran off last winter. He died either from being hit by a car or freezing to death 3 miles from home. Found out he'd been hanging around the guys farm where the snowplow driver found him in the ditch for 2 days and they kept chasing him off. He was a well bred, well trained, well socialized and friendly golden retriever with a collar and my phone number on it and certainly would have come when called to get the info off the collar. Snowplow driver brought us back the collar, buried the dog for us by his duck slough.
If that farmer had even a fraction of your compassion we'd still have our dog. Sometimes even the best cared for, most loved dogs get a case of wanderlust and can't find their way home. Thank you for doing the right thing, you are a wonderful person.
Very well said. I am so sorry you lost your buddy though