The internet is a strange and often dangerous place. New features and platforms are constantly popping up across the web, and the amount of possibilities for good and evil are dizzying.
While online bullying is one result of the variety of features available, Facebook and other sites have also been used to locate critical items for at-risk individuals, reunite people, and spread cheer. In this particular story, social media was used to bring about the best possible outcome between a man and his best friend.
Barry Gearhart got a small pup nine years ago. The little dog was a pit bull that he named Titan, and the two became very close.
Titan was Gearhart’s best bud. He went everywhere with his master, and the bond between them was strong.
One day in 2015, when Titan was eight years old, Gearhart took Titan with him in the truck as he went to the gym. He left the dog in his car, worked out, and returned — but when he got back to the truck, the dog was gone.
Terrified about losing his dog, he looked everywhere for him. There was no way the pit bull could have found his way out of the truck, this was clearly human work.
Indeed, the security guard nearby confirmed that he’d seen a man leading the dog away. He must not have known the man walking the dog was not the dog’s real owner.
Gearhart was heartbroken and posted photos everywhere he could think of. Photos of Titan covered the immediate area and every corner of the internet. But no one responded.
Months passed, but Gearhart never gave up. He would occasionally post more photos and please for help. One Sunday in 2016, however, his post received some encouraging news. Several people recognized the dog’s photo but they knew him by another name: Hank.
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