Fourteen years buys a lot of loyalty from a dog.
Once Gert, a gentle, gray-muzzled senior dog, was unceremoniously dumped on the streets of Long Island, New York, she did what came naturally and began looking for her owner's scent.
She sniffed those streets for days, according to a Facebook post by Desperate Dogs of Manhattan.
She was finally hauled in by the Brookhaven Animal Shelter. But where Gert failed in finding her owner's scent, shelter staff succeeded all too well.
The person who answered the phone had just a few heartbreaking words for the shelter:
You must have the wrong number.