It was Father’s Day in 2009 when Tessa the Yorkshire terrier went missing after someone left a gate open while Louise Friedlander was visiting on Fort Myers Beach.
Friedlander, of North Naples, spent hours that day looking for Tessa, who was wearing a collar with Friedlander’s contact information. She would spend the following months placing ads in newspapers, recruiting friends to canvass neighborhoods and posting fliers near every entrance of Fort Myers Beach.
Despite her efforts, Friedlander didn’t find Tessa. She was heartbroken that, despite Tessa wearing identification, no one ever contacted her.
“I never thought she would come back,” she said.
But eight years later, Friedlander’s phone rang. It was 3 a.m. June 30, and a Lee County animal control officer told her Tessa had been found wandering loose outside a Cape Coral Fire Department station. Friedlander was reunited with her beloved dog at Lee County Domestic Animal Services in Fort Myers eight …