Nobarkus this can be true 2 years ago this November we found a Shiba Inu running loose and we caught her called all numbers on the collar and let messages. No one ever called us back I took the number and found the address went there no answer at door left message.
This went on until first of year. Called dog catcher no one was looking for her. My daughter started calling her Missy for the missing dog. Just after first year lady called and it was her owner she had been in hosp and had been very sick.
She wanted to come get her dog and we were all happy I ask her if she could come about four after my daughter got home from school I knew she would want to say good bye.
When lady came Missy had nothing to do with her at all. Lady had to put a leash on her and drag her out of our house. About broke our hearts happy she had her home back but she did not want to go. Lady told us she had five others and was getting a new puppy another Shiba, Missy was about nine months old.
So it does work that away about not wanting to go home.