Gomi’s 80,000 Instagram followers helped reunite 14-year-old Osita and her owner.
A lot of things could have happened to Osita, a deaf and partially-blind 14-year-old Chihuahua, when she got away from her owner in South Beach—and most of them aren’t good. Thankfully the aging pup wandered directly into the path of a local celebridog and his devoted dog dad.
Over the weekend, Micha Porat, the human behind his dog Gomi’s popular Instagram account, found Osita standing in the middle of the street at 1am.
“The dog was in the middle of the street, looking scared and confused,” he tells CBS Miami. “The cars were driving by and I was wondering what would a dog be doing in the middle of the street?”
Porat pulled over on the side of the road, scooped up the scared canine, and brought her home to begin the hunt for her owners.
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At home, Porat introduced Osita to Gomi, his cute French Bulldog with an impressive social media following. “My dog fell in love with her,” he tells CBS Miami. “It was pretty cute. They got along really well, actually.”
After giving her a bath, he photographed the two dogs and shared it with Gomi’s 80,000-plus Instagram followers. He hoped that somebody might recognize her.
Our last Snuggles together before Osita reunites with her Daddy! I'm feeling very emotional right now 😭 I'm all over the place! I'm so happy because we found her Daddy @gustavobriandstudio but sad because I'm gonna miss my new sweet friend Osita! We only spent two nights together but we developed a bond ☺️❤️😩 We have a real good chemistry together too because I'm young and crazy and she's an older more experienced 14 year old grown ass woman 😬😜 She's seen it all, been all over the world and she was shedding wisdom on me! I love her and it was so amazing having her stay with me when Daddy would leave the house because I wouldn't feel lonely anymore. I also was learning to be more patient because she's not as fast as me because she's older. She made me want to be a big boy and I even didn't play with her as rough as I normally do because Daddy told me to be gentle 🤗 Well hopefully I'll still get to see her for PlayDates! Miss you already Osita 😘 #GomiLovesOsita
MISSING/LOST CHIHUAHUA FOUND! Hey guys, my Daddy just found a lost and scared Chihuahua in the street in South Beach on 2nd and Meridian (south of 5th) at 1am this morning! She was terrified and walking in the middle of the street and could have been hit by cars. She was running away from my dad scared but some nice people helped us gather her and my Dad put her in his car and drove her home to me. We gave her a bath because she was a little dirty, poor girl. It turns out once she got over her initial fear she is super sweet! And as soon as she met me she started wagging her tail and smelling my butt! She did not have a collar on but tomorrow we are gonna take her to the vet to see if she has a chip! We are hoping that we can find her mommy and or daddy! If anyone recognizes her or heard anything about a missing chihuahua let us know. Also she may be blind but my dad's not sure, she has those cloudy eyes. Wishing the best for this sweety I already love her! I Keep wanting to play with her but Daddy is saying let her rest because she might have been through a lot 😩
Meanwhile, Gustavo Briand was frantically searching for his little dog who had jumped out of his car and run off two days earlier. He posted fliers but wasn’t getting anywhere—until a friend recognized her on Gomi’s Instagram.
Reunited and it feels so good! But If you're wondering why I'm the only one who doesn't look happy here 😩 it might be my Only Child Syndrome coming out (wanting Osita for myself 🤦🏼♂️) Plus saying goodbye is never easy! But of course I'm happy to put Osita and her Daddy back together like one big happy family again! FYI: CBS Channel 4 covered our story 😱 interviewed me and everything 😜 and Will be airing at 6pm today on CBS so check it out! I tried to really get a few points across with this story: 1: make sure your chip is registered to your PAWrents, because Osita's wasn't and we found out from bringing her in that mine wasn't either #MyDumbDaddy 👻 both our Daddy's were actually told we were registered but it turns out we weren't! 2: if you lose your dog don't lose hope! Make the effort and good things can happen! 3: if you see a dog in the street, you can make a difference and help the dog to find its owner, once again good things can happen! Just make sure to approach slowly and with caution as the dog may be very scared. 4: The power of social media, meaning YOU, my followers, reunited this dog to her Daddy! So good job guys it was you that did this! 👏👏 Love ya !! #gomithefrenchie #lilgomitheillesthomie
“The power of social media. One of my friends saw her on somebody else’s page, I don’t know who it was. But I ended up connecting with Micha,” he says to CBS Miami. “Somehow, in my heart, I knew she was okay. It’s a love story!”