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How well do you know your dog?

Shown are the world’s first transgenic female beagle dogs carrying fluorescent genes that make the canine glow red. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Shown are the world’s first transgenic female beagle dogs carrying fluorescent genes that make the canine glow red. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Do all beagles look alike to you? What about black labs?

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Two black labs didn’t make it home for Christmas this year.

The two pooches swapped homes after a mix-up at an Eastside dog hotel led them to be released to the wrong owners this month.

Bella, who belongs to Stacey and Rob Peterson, of Maple Valley, ended up spending a few weeks in Issaquah with Anne Galasso.

Galasso’s dog, LaiLa, spent time in Canada near Stacey Peterson’s parents, and then in Maple Valley when the Petersons returned from a vacation in Europe.

PetSmart PetsHotel of Issaquah, where both dogs were boarded, is working to make amends, in part by refunding both families’ boarding fees.

Both families knew something was amiss, but never dreamed they had ended up with the wrong dogs. Full story.

How long would it take you to discover you'd taken the wrong pet home?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.