Best birthday ever.
That's how Newport Beach resident Wendy Gerdau summed up her 51st.
Her wild week started on Monday, when one of the family's twodogs mysteriously disappeared, only to resurface alive and well on Gerdau's birthday, which was Thursday.
"We came home from dinner Monday night. Only one dog was in the backyard," Gerdau said. "We couldn't figure it out."
The Gerdau family has two golden Labradors: Buddy, 12, and Annie, 1.
She described the pair as inseparable since they adopted Annie from the pound in December. They have a "Doggie Duplex," as Gerdau likes to call the place in the backyard where the Labs sleep.
Usually, Annie just goes and sleeps with Buddy in his room.
But when the Gerdaus came home to their house on Bamboo Street in Eastbluff on Monday to find Buddy gone, they figured that maybe the wind blew the back gate open or someone had left it open.