By Henry Williams
Following this week’s craze for offering extraordinary rewards, on offer today is an entire apartment in return for Xiao Xiao, a Chengdu man’s faithful canine.
Mr Xie, just 20 days from retirement, says his dog of seven years went missing almost two weeks ago near his home. After posts asking about the dog on Weibo went without any meaningful responses, he decided to up the game by offering his 500,000 yuan apartment as a reward.
Netizens have gone wild, retweeting his post almost half-a-million times, while possibly not being all that helpful in the search:
Xie said on Monday he received no meaningful leads – and the dog remained missing.
“After all these comments, I got only one vague clue,” Xie said.
“I’ve earned all my money legally, and isn’t a family member worth far more than a million yuan?” Xie wrote.
Xiao Xiao, missing but famous, is becoming something of a get-rich-quick scheme, with Weiboers giving up their jobs selling hotpots, and abandoning careers in the civil service (this may be a joke, but there’s more truth to it than one might expect).
One even claimed his turtle was the absent pup, and that he was merely appearing in costume:
“It’s time to tell you the truth. You are a dog named Xiao Xiao. I brought you back from Chengdu and dressed you up as a cactus plant. Let’s go. Let’s get the deed and the key!”