Koufax, a Shiba Inu visiting with family in Whittier, California, decided to set out on an adventure August 8, but didn’t leave a note for his humans. When they discovered he was gone, they posted these flyers throughout Los Angeles County, searching for their four-pawed furball. They flooded social media, used Facebook friends, posted on local and regional lost and found pet pages, such as this one. Six days later, on August 14, Koufax mysteriously found his way back home, and the amazing story was posted on Facebook by his family. The family shared the tale of their dog with this Examiner. You can decide if, once again, angels were working their magic out in the Golden State. Or perhaps, this time, it was a psychic intervention. Either way, you’ll soon understand why this is not just another ‘lost dog comes home’ story.
The Santillan family are die-hard L.A. Dodgers fans. They love going to Dodger Stadium, and enjoy grabbing a Dodger Dog with an ice cold drink, collecting Dodgers Bobbleheads and other Dodger memorabilia. They also love Shiba Inus, and have one named Koufax, named in honor of SandyKoufax, A member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Koufax, a left-handed pitcher, was also the most dominant pitcher in baseball until elbow arthritis forced an early retirement at age 30. He pitched twelve seasons for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, from 1955 to 1966.
You may ask, what do the L.A. Dodgers and a lost Shiba Inu have to do with one another? Plenty. Dodger 2015 Bobbleheads Games are some of the most popular on the Dodgers schedule. The Santillan family would have loved to have been at the game on August 13, which was ‘Sandy Koufax Bobblehead’ night. However, instead of being at the stadium, they were posting lost dog fliers and searching the area for their beloved Koufax.
Initially, there were a few reported sightings of five-year-old Koufax on the various web pages. All too soon, those leads dried up. The family was striking out left and right in their search for their dog. Then, on August 12, the family received a dreaded call from a teen who reported that Koufax’s body had been found, mauled by coyotes. Corey, Koufax’s owner, and her family gathered together in silence, while a family member went to pick up his remains. It turned out the dog was not Koufax, but that of another unfortunate animal.
The following day, on August 13, Corey was back in Whittier to hang up more flyers and to talk to anyone she saw, inquiring about her lost dog. Along the way, she handed a flyer to a woman passing by. The woman read it and said, “Koufax? His name is Koufax?” Corey responded, “Yes.” The stranger replied, “He will be found tonight.” Stunned, Corey asked, “Why tonight?” The woman smiled and said, “Oh you’ll find him tonight since tonight is ‘Sandy Koufax Bobblehead’ night at Dodger Stadium.” A bizarre exchange, to say the least. Corey was left stunned by the woman’s words.
A short time later, Corey’s father was sitting quietly in his living room, and he heard a noise that sounded like scratching on the screen door. He walked to the door, and standing there was Koufax. Thinner, somewhat dehydrated, but happy to be home, soon to be reunited with his doggie pal, ‘Vin Scully’. Yes, they are obviously a true-blue Dodgers fan family. Corey’s dad immediately called her to tell her the great news.
Nothing could make the Santillan family any happier than to get their beloved Koufax back…though it might have been nice to add that Koufax Bobblehead to their collection. Here is one final piece to add to the peculiarity of Koufax’s reappearance that evening. Helen Trimble, the administrator of this Facebook page where Koufax’s lost dog photo was posted, and one of the many who were helping look for him, opened a box of Cracker Jacks today. The prize inside this particular box: an L.A. Dodgers temporary tattoo.
Whether it was angels or psychics, somebody waved this runner in and sent Koufax sliding towards home…safe!