It isn’t unusual to follow stories on Front Porch Forum of owners looking for and reconnecting with their lost pets. From dogs and cats to goats, chickens and pigs, we’ve seen it all. However, the story of Murphy, a runaway golden retriever, and how he captured the hearts of Vermont communities is very special. So special, that Wilson Ring, FPF member and the state’s correspondent for the Associated Press, wrote a book about it.
“see a glimpse of how a small Vermont town rallied together to help bring Murphy home.”
Read the story of Catching Murphy, documented through local neighborhood FPF posts.
Good deeds get noticed on Front Porch Forum.
“A big thank you to all involved in helping get my husband’s lost wallet back to him! Everyone was great – so lucky we have such a wonderful community.” • Lynn and Dave in Plainfield
“To the person who found my credit card in one of Hannaford’s aisles and turned it in at customer service, I thank you. Thanks to all the people who have proven that there are many good acts happening these days.” • William in Burlington
Inspired by the kindness of someone in your community? Let people know on FPF!
We’ve been witnessing a number of good acts happening these days!
“Our lost keys were found and returned thanks to a post on Front Porch Forum. This isn’t the first time that lost items were returned to us via FPF. Thanks to all our neighbors for making this such a great place to live!” • Amy in Winooski
“I would like to send out many thanks to Front Porch Forum for making it possible to be reunited with my lost chainsaw & equipment. FPF has once again showed to me why it is a valuable community electronic bulletin board.” • Ben in Worcester
“So grateful for honest people in our community to return stuff when found to the right owner! Just saying!” • Hilda in Montpelier
“Thanks to the kind folks who responded to my post yesterday and to the individual who placed my mitten safely on a fence post! FPF is a wonderful community tool!” • Rosemeryl in Jericho
Alert your neighbors if you’ve lost or found something on Front Porch Forum!
It’s great to hear the Front Porch Forum community is filled with honest, caring folk!
“Happy to say the wallet I found has been returned to a very thankful 7 yr old young lady. The power of FPF shines again!” • Rob in Shelburne
“Thank you, to the kind soul who found the missing handbag and turned it in. My visitor is greatly relieved to be reunited with her phone wallet and everything else in the bag. Acts of honesty and integrity like this are what make this such a great community.” • Wendelyn in Stowe
“I had posted yesterday that my mother in law lost her wallet. Thank you FPF for reuniting my MIL with her wallet! An honest and kind neighbor reached out within minutes of last night’s post.” • Gillian in So. Burlington
“I want to give a big thank you to the nice man that found my brother in-law’s wallet. I believe his first name is Jeff. Williston is a better place to live because of people like you.” • Donna in Williston
Have you lost or found a wallet, phone or other important item someone might be missing? Post on your neighborhood Front Porch Forum!
Lost pet postings get priority treatment from Front Porch Forum staffers
“I am happy to report that all lost dogs are back home. Thank you FPF for pushing the found dog post through and for calling me to see if I had seen it. I am so very grateful. Thank you!”
• Shelly in Huntington
“What great news!! As I read the news I have goose bumps…I prayed Willie would be home by Christmas. The best present of all…..I am so happy for you.” • Jennifer in Middlebury
“Thanks to everyone who helped with the search. Our beautiful golden is under my desk as I write.” • Debby in Middlebury
Read more about how a community came together to find Willie
Missing pets get an immediate reaction from FPF members! Just ask these dog owners:
“A genuine Thank You to the kind folks of Jeffersonville and Front Porch Forum for the concern and information provided. If Schwartz was hiding, it was hopeless. I got calls, and picked him up before the frost was off the lawn. Much appreciated.” • Stephen in Jeffersonville
“I’m happy to say that my lost dog Haley is back home. A good Samaritan found my name and number on the collar and kept her there until I could retrieve her. Thanks to those on the Forum who offered me good advice on how to look for the dog.” • Keith in Northfield
“Due to FPF and Tony, a wonderful neighbor, Boggie is back at home resting from his adventure. I can’t thank Tony for the concern and wonderful care he gave Boggie!! Thank you to the people that sent emails of concern!” • Andy in Colchester
“Thanks to all those who helped Otis find his way home! Very grateful to our community forum and our supportive neighbors.” • Selina in Hyde Park
“Thanks to the power of FPF, the sweet little jack russell that followed my wife home has been reunited with her owner. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit with that sweet pup, but we enjoyed seeing owner and dog back together again even more.” • Billy in Huntington
“Thanks to FPF, Lola the Explorer has been found. It turns out that Lola made her way to a neighbors house during the rain the night before and, despite their cat allergies, they took her in. Moreover, they got food, a litterbox and even put flyers in the mailbox cluster at the bottom of our road to find the owner. Oh, and when the rain got heavy in the middle of the night and Lola was crying “meows” I learned that they held and pet her from 2am – 3am. I mean, who does that? Our community does, that’s who! People here are simply awesome and I’m so happy to have met a new neighbor albeit under unusual circumstances.” • Kristin in Stowe
“Thanks to Front Porch Forum the lost Kitten that we rescued earlier today was reunited with his family! Poor little guy had been gone since yesterday morning.” • April in Swanton
“An update that the tail-less kitten I posted about earlier has been rescued by another FPF member who lives in the vicinity and found him on their porch. So a happy ending and another successful FPF story. I’ll let them decide whether they post to find him a forever-home, or cave in and keep the little adventurer for themselves (as he seems to be winning them over).” • Scott in Bristol
A Front Porch Forum member expresses gratitude after posting about the loss of her shoes at the beach.
“An amazingly grateful update on my missing shoes that I posted yesterday. I went back to the beach today and found my shoes in a bag with a nice note! Many thanks to the person who made my day! I very much appreciate your humble return. Today, at the beach, I also met a man who was pleased to see that the extended beach area is still as clean as when he took it upon himself to clean it last season. And one more kindness; a woman stopped by my car to see if I needed help taking my board off the rack. Three kindnesses today that I was a part of. It would be great if every day each of us could be a party to the generosity of others and also give some kindness away. Thank you all!” • Nancy in Shelburne
Sometimes we witness the most amazing stories reading our daily FPF:
“Yea Front Porch Forum is the best! To the person who saw the ad about our missing vacuum cleaner and showed his friend who had found it, our previous post thanks. You both are awesome for returning it to us. Roomba aka :”Creepy” is now grounded bad robot great neighbors however.” • Carol in Burlington
“Our little Irobot vacuum cleaner was cleaning off our porch and wandered down the ramp and perhaps down the driveway. Now he is MIA. If you saw our little friend please let us know.”
Lost something? Ask your neighbors for help on FPF!
It seems a fair amount of our FPF neighbors are losing jewelry. Just as fortunate, their items are being found!
“Thanks to Front Porch Forum and the person who found it, my sister is gratefully reunited with the bracelet she lost at the Moscow parade.” • Suzanne in Stowe
“I lost a necklace on the way up to, or on top of, the Ledges Trail the night of July 3. It has a reddish/orange short strand of beads with an etched silver metal centerpiece. If found, please call.” • Marianne in Bristol
“I found a berated necklace hiking down from Bristol ledges tonight. Be in touch if you know who it belongs to.” • Joe in Bristol
“My necklace was found and is now back in my possession! I am feeling very grateful to Nancy for finding it, for Front Porch Forum which gave us the means to communicate with each other (although we live in the same neighborhood, I’m not sure we ever would have connected), and to everyone who replied to my post! I am thankful that we live in such a great community!” • Betsy in Williston
“If you lost your bracelet on the college green get in touch. Found by the volleyball net.” • Kim in Montpelier