Small dog, great deed: Maltese finds lost wallet

  • By Melissa Griffiths
  • Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:30pm
  • News

When Lady Bunny, a 7-month-old Maltese pup, brought home a wallet, Bonnie and Brad Gruening weren’t the only ones who were surprised — Rudy Vonda hadn’t realized his wallet was even missing.

Vonda is a sanitation worker with Pacific Waste Management and drives a North Douglas route on Monday mornings. While returning from the route that afternoon, he received an unexpected phone call. The Gruenings informed him they had his wallet, and that it had been found by their dog.

“I didn’t even know my wallet was missing. I checked my back pocket to make sure,” Vonda said. “When the lady said a dog brought my wallet home, I figured it was a Labrador or German Shepherd.”

He was more surprised when he arrived at their home to find that the benevolent pooch was actually quite small.

“When I pulled up to her place, she’s coming out and she’s got her little dog in her arms and my wallet,” Vonda said with a laugh.

He said the dog’s head was barely bigger than his wallet.

Bonnie Gruening said Lady Bunny has a good nose and this wasn’t the first time she’s brought home a treasure — “She particularly likes to take our neighbors’ shoes.”

Lady Bunny found the wallet on Monday and carried it directly to Brad Gruening. The Gruenings were able to contact Vonda and return the wallet the same day.

“It was really neat because we were able to get it back to the owner,” Bonnie Gruening said, noting the difficulties that accompany replacing the contents of wallets. “Then to find out he’s our sanitation guy, which is so awesome — they work so hard and do such a good job.”

The Gruenings were happy they were able to do a good deed, with the assistance of Lady Bunny, of course.

Vonda was thankful to have his wallet returned. He had lost a wallet once before, about 20 or 30 years ago, and never got it back.

He said his wallet must have fallen out when he had to slide out of the cab of the truck to adjust a can for pickup. It easily could have remained lost, the drab olive green blending into its surroundings, were it not for Lady Bunny’s sense of smell.

“That was a real surprise,” Vonda said of its safe return. “It was like a dog from heaven.”

More in News

The Boney Courthouse in downtown Anchorage, across the street from the larger Nesbett Courthouse, holds the Alaska Supreme Court chambers. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)
Alaska redistricting board picks new Senate map after Supreme Court finds a gerrymander

The board could continue work and possibly write a different map for the elections from 2024 onward

A landslide blocks Lowell Point Road in Seward, Alaska, on Sunday, May 8, 2022. (Photo courtesy City of Seward)
Lowell Point Road to reopen Friday

Intermittent blasting work will continue next week

Members of the Kenai City Council participate in a council meeting on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Boys and girls clubs land donation postponed

The issue will be back before the body on June 1

Vehicles are unleaded at the Seward Harbor after being moved from Lowell Point on Sunday, May 22, 2022 in Seward, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management)
Lowell Point barge services move 110-plus cars to Seward

The services were covered by the Kenai Peninsula Borough and ended Monday

Anglers fish on the Kenai River on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Watershed Forum receives matching grant from Conoco

The Kenai Watershed Forum was given a grant from ConocoPhillips to fund… Continue reading

A beach on the eastern side of Cook Inlet is photographed at Clam Gulch, Alaska, in June 2019. The Alaska Board of Fisheries is implementing new shellfish regulations in Cook Inlet. (Peninsula Clarion file)
Fish and Game closes East Cook Inlet razor clam fisheries

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has closed the Cook Inlet… Continue reading

Anastasia Scollon (left) and Willow King (right) stand in The Goods + Sustainable Grocery and Where it’s At mindful food and drink on Monday, May 16, 2022 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Sustainable shopping finds new home in Soldotna

The Collective used to operate out of Cook Inletkeeper’s Community Action Studio

The Alaska State Capitol is seen on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Legislature modernizes 40-year-old definition of consent in sexual assault cases

‘Alaska took a gargantuan step forward in updating our laws,’ says deputy attorney general

Project stakeholders cut a ribbon at the Nikiski Shelter of Hope on Friday, May 20, 2022, in Nikiski, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Stakeholders celebrate opening of Nikiski shelter

The shelter officially opened last December

Most Read