KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Ed and Renee Schofield were surprised when they got a call from the pound in Ketchikan.
They were indeed missing their chocolate Labrador, Bently. But the Ketchikan Gateway Borough animal shelter is a long swim from their home on Pennock Island.
The Schofields were told Wednesday that Bently was found at the U.S. Coast Guard base and identified by his tattoo, The Ketchikan Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1Bui1w7 ).
The couple lives on the southern end of the island, across the water from the base. But they say the lab doesn't like to swim and couldn't possibly make it that far.
"No way would he swim over to the Coast Guard base," Ed Schofield said. "That's a long swim, and he doesn't even know what's over there."
Schofield adopted the lab as a puppy from the Pat Wise Animal Shelter about three years ago. He has lived on Pennock Island almost his entire life.
"He's not a swimmer," said Renee Schofield from her home on Pennock. "... For him to go all the way over there is just weird."
Ed Schofield believes someone must have pulled up to their dock on Pennock and the dog either jumped in or was taken.
The Schofields say they hope Bently will stay home now.
Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.ketchikandailynews.com