Because of the comments left on January 22 and 23 2011 proclaiming Tenzing Norgay as dead, I find it necessary to investigate this possibility further. The photo of Tenzings Twin can be seen on his Facebook page, select Tenzing on Facebook in the Blogroll then select photos on his Facebook page.
On January 11 2010 I received a response email from an ad I’d placed in the lost and found section of the Seattle WA Craigslist the subject line read “isn’t this your dog”. The body of the email simply contained a link to another Craigslist post.
Oddly enough this link took me to an ad directly below the one I’d placed for Tenzing, it read ‘Lost German Shepherd – Walker’. The similarities between Walkers photo and Tenzing are uncanny. Try to imagine Tenzing 8 months older with a radical change in nutrition missing his daily brushing and laying on top of a tool box in the bed of a pick-up truck in the parking lot of a Best Western Motel somewhere near Lake Forest Park, WA and you’ll see Tenzing Norgay.
There was a phone number in the ad so I took a deep breath and called. The conversation was rather awkward, how do you explain you think someone’s lost dog is your lost dog and I was uncertain what information I should give or what questions I should ask but I muddled through. The gentleman I spoke with was obviously uncomfortable after I explained Tenzings situation and rather vague about Walkers age or how Walker came into his world, however, he was certain his Walker was not my Tenzing Norgay.
I asked if it would be OK to send him and email with his photo of Walker and one of Tenzing side by side so he could compare them along with a link to Tenzings Craigslist post and Blog, he said sure. Within an hour I received an email from him. He wanted to let me know Walker had come home, he said he wasn’t gone too long but enough to cause concern and that he got Walker from a breeder in Texas. He wished me luck in finding my “gorgeous dog”.
I’m looking at the photo now and I’m struggling to accept it’s not Tenzing Norgay.
If Walker is Tenzing Norgay by another name than I will find comfort in knowing that he’s with people who care enough to search for him if he strays from home and offer a $500 reward, no questions asked because as they wrote in their Craigslist ad, “This dog means everything to me and my girlfriend”. Love has many faces and there’s always a silver lining to every cloud.