AVONDALE — Two French bulldogs that went missing after an Avondale home burglary are now safe and back at home, the owners said.
David Wilk, 31, and his husband Charlie Gurion returned home Tuesday morning after going for coffee to find their front door handle broken and their two French bulldogs missing, though their two pet Yorkies remained.
Wilk and Gurion posted flyers, offered a reward and posted to Craigslist and Facebook in hopes of finding their pets Rue and Pierre. The efforts paid off Wednesday night.
"Oh my God, I cannot tell you how happy we are," Wilk said. "We are ecstatic. We cannot stop petting them."
On Wednesday evening, a Humboldt Park man had called the couple saying that he had the dogs, Wilk said.
The man and his family had been driving home from the laundromat Tuesday evening before the storm when they saw the dogs Rue and Pierre wandering the streets.
The family took the dogs back home, where they played with the family's dog, Wilk said. The man saw the couple's Craigslist posting on Wednesday evening and called, Wilk said.
Rue and Pierre had been just 11 minutes away from the house, Wilk said. It's unclear where the pets had been between the burglary and when they were found. The burglars had left the couple's door open after the break-in. Some of the couple's electronics were stolen.
"Charlie and I went from being super super depressed and sad to super, super happy," Wilk said.
Pierre fell asleep on Gurion's lap on the way home, and upon reaching home, Rue fell asleep under the kitchen table, Wilk said. The couple now plans to install "an insane security system around the house," he said.
"We're making sure people know they're safe," he said. "We're a happy family again."