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The search for Lady, my foster dog. How you can help.

November 20, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Lady has been found. After missing for 12 days, a kind stranger called and with his help and many others we were able to bring her home. You can read how that happened here.

I don’t know when I will be able to write another normal blog post again, but I felt that this one I had to write tonight.

On Friday night, my foster dog, Lady, got loose from her collar and disappeared. She is still missing. And, my heart is breaking.

Friday was like any normal day except that I went to work earlier than normal so I could get home early and take the dogs to the dog park (if only I had followed through on that plan). By the time we got near our favorite dog park, the clouds had moved in and made it darker much earlier than usual. I made the decision to skip the dog park and instead head to CHuck and Don’s Pet Food Outlet so I could pick up some dog food for the dogs.

Feeling guilty that the dogs hadn’t been able to go to the dog park, I decided to take them all inside to enjoy some of the smells and get more exposure to a new environment (Daisy and Jasper had been there before, but Lady had not). It was as we were leaving that everything went wrong.

Chuck and Don’s in Eagan has a weighted sign outside that lets visitors know that parking in certain spots is only allowed for 10 minutes. As we left, Daisy walked behind me (as she always does), but this time she went one way around the sign and I went the other. As her leash pulled against the sign, it began to move forward, which caused Daisy to panic and run and become entangled in it. This caused the sign to fall over and drag behind her. It scared all three dogs and they started to pull away from me in fear. Before I knew it all three dogs had pulled themselves out of their collars, something they have not done before, and were running in all different directions. Jasper ran like the wind and crossed a busy street, narrowly being missed by a car. Daisy ran around the busy parking lot, running left, then right and then left again. Lady took off to the left, running past a Walgreens. The staff ran out to help, but not knowing that I had three fearful dogs with me, they began to give chase. This was the absolute worst thing to do and I had to yell at them them to please stop. I screamed out Lady, Jasper and Daisy’s names. Hoping ti stop their running before they were gone or got hit by a car (not exactly smart either), but they kept running.

I finally was able to get Daisy and Jasper to come back to me (after I removed the fallen sign and they were both nearly hit) and I quickly loaded them into the car. Immediately, I took off after Lady. A staff person came running back saying she had last seen her rounding the corner of Walgreens and running off behind the mini-mall. I hopped in the car and drove in that direction while calling Dawn (her former foster mom of 4+ years, and the one who rehabbed Lady after she was originally rescued). She said she was on her way. I think I called Meghan from Minnesota Sheltie Rescue next, but to be honest, it’s all a blur. I just know that I was in an absolute panic because Lady was running scared and she was in one of the busiest, high-traffic areas in town.

I searched everywhere I could behind Walgreens and Chuck and Don’s. There is a wooded area back there and a pond. I thought Lady might go there to hide. I walked all along the area calling her name. I went back and got Daisy and Jasper and walked them all along the area, hoping that if Lady saw them she would come out, but I had no luck. In all honesty, I have no way of knowing she was even in that area, but I was so sure it would be where she would go first. Then, I hit each one of the businesses along there, gave them my name and number and asked them to keep an eye out for her. By this time I was crying. My little girl was out there scared and there were cars everywhere. She could be anywhere.

Behind the scenes, the Minnesota Sheltie Rescue folks had already mobilized. Before I knew it, the first person had arrived and started looking in the same area I had been searching. Before I knew it, a whole team of amazing people had arrived with signs and flyers, ready to help. I was overwhelmed with gratitude. We all canvased the area. Some took flyers to businesses, others posted signs at strategic locations in the area, others papered cars in the Walmart parking lot, and several of us canvased the area and put flyers in newspaper slots while we searched for Lady. Calls started to come in. She was behind Precision Tune. She was behind Papa Murphy’s. She was seen running along Denmark Road. We raced back and forth to each location hoping we would see her. No luck. After several hours, we decided to try again in the morning, but several people kept looking in their cars. Driving aroud, hoping to catch sight of her, but she was nowhere to be found.

In the morning, I headed out early. Calls started to come in. She was in this neighborhood the that neighborhood, she was running along Wescott Road, she was on the corner of Pilot Knob Road (a very, very busy street) and Wescott. My friend Kellie called to say she and two other people had just stopped traffic so Lady could cross over Pilot Knob. I didn’t even know she was out looking (Thank you Kellie!) for her. They had tracked her running behind the houses on King’s Pond Road and I joined the chase. I ran out onto the road hoping to see her and I did. running up a side street with no outlet. I called her name and she stopped for a second, looked back at me, and then kept running. That’s when my heart really sank. Because Lady wasn’t just scared, she was freaked out beyond belief and not likely to stop running. By the time I got to where she had been, she was gone. And, I haven’t seen her since. Neither has anyone else.

So many people came out to help: Minnesota Sheltie Rescue volunteers, my friends Karen and Kellie and Kym, complete strangers. All of them working so hard in cold weather and sleet to pass out flyers, drive around searching, and just tell people to watch out for her. I don’t even know all of them by name, but I am truly grateful.

Earlier tonight, Karen and Carol came out with live traps to set out for Lady. They drove in absolutely horrible and dangerous weather, to drop them off and help set them up. My friend Kym, who had already driven around for hours searching for Lady, came to help us. How do you thank people who take time out of their busy lives to help look for a lost foster dog? How do you thank them for driving in awful weather just to help you find her? How do you thank all of the people who called and let us know where she was and where she was going?

I don’t know, but I do know more are coming tomorrow and for that I am beyond grateful. It has renewed my faith in people. I thank God for each and every one of them. I have cried so many, many tears already for my little girl (lost, cold and alone), but I have cried just as many out of sheer gratitude for the people who have come to help. Thank you.

Tomorrow, I’ll be heading out to check the live traps early in the morning. Lady seems to be on the move at that time. I pray that Lady is in one of the traps, but if not I will keep looking. I will post updates when I can. Please pray that we find her safely. Please.

If you tweet, please retweet: Lost #Sheltie in #Eagan #Minnesota. Brown and white. Afraid of people. Tweet @melzpetpals if you see her.

If you are on Facebook, please ask your friends to share with their Minnesota friends a picture of Lady or refer them to her blog post from last weekend. I have pictures and video of Lady here.

12:52 PM CST, Sunday – No sightings of Lady since yesterday morning. Checked all the live traps today – nothing yet. Jasper, Daisy and I walked around several areas where she was last sighted and several volunteers, including Lady’s former foster mom Dawn, helped put fliers on cars in church parking lots and stores in the area. Came home to warm up a bit and then going to set another live trap and put fliers in mailboxes in my area as well. Thank you everyone for all your help! I so appreciate all that you have done to try and get the word out. I hope someone sees her soon.

Monday, 7:00 AM, November 21st – No sightings of Lady at all yesterday. Papered cars at a Catholic church for two masses and all throughout my neighborhood with a former client, Christine. Thank you Christine. I so appreciate your offer to help! Dawn, Lady’s other foster mom was out just as much as I was looking for Lady. She checked the live traps, drove and walked around looking for her, placed fliers on cars at another church and did everything she could to find her. Other wonderful volunteers posted signs, handed out fliers, made copies and did way more than I ever could have done. Meghan from MN Sheltie Rescue brought down the signs, another live trap and fliers. Thank you to all of you. I am eternally grateful.
Yesterday was the hardest day because I started to lose a little hope. I cried a lot. It’s a helpless feeling to know she is out there scared and alone and to know you can’t help her until she shows herself. As a friend said yesterday, “These poor little characters are so dependent on us – whether they know it or not. And, strangely, we’re terribly dependent on them, too.” So true. And that’s what weighs on my heart today. I pray today will be the day. Thank you to each and every person who has tweeted and shared on Facebook. The word is getting out and people are watching for her. I’m headed out now to check traps and look around some more. I will keep you posted.

You can read more about the search for Lady and how she was found in the posts listed below.

Post #1: The search for Lady, my foster dog. How you can help.

Post #2:Foster Dog Lady – Still Missing

Post #3: Little Lady Lost – The Latest

Post #4: Thanksgiving Gratitude Despite Little Lady Still Being Lost

Post #5: Little Lady Lost – Chasing the Wrong Things

Post #6: A Sunbeam of Hope? The Latest on Little Lady Lost

Post #7: Little Lady Lost – The Saturday Update

Post #8: Little Lady Lost – Latest Update & Do’s and Don’ts

Post #9: Little Lady Lost – A sense of peace

Post #10: Little Lady Lost – HOME AT LAST!

Post #11: Little Lady Lost and How She Made It Home Again

  1. November 20, 2011 at 3:51 AM

    Sharing Furbaby Rescue Coordinator …. not sure how many folks I have in that area but will try… prayers for you All and Precious Lady ~~~ Amelia

  2. November 20, 2011 at 5:23 AM

    I’m so sorry, Mel, You must be worried sick. I’m FBing and tweeting now. You never know who we can reach if we all spread the word.

  3. Sam
    November 20, 2011 at 7:05 AM

    We are keeping paws crossed. We would be there too if we could. Sending you hugs and love.

    Sam

  4. November 20, 2011 at 7:22 AM

    It’s happened to me, thank goodness we found her quickly. I have a friend who lives in the Minneapolis area and is actually a Sheltie breeder! I figure if anyone might care it’s her, so I posted something to her wall and retweeted your message. Please tweet AND post to fb the minute you find her! GOOD LUCK.

    And Mel– it’s not your fault. It’s not.

  5. November 20, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    I am praying for strength for you, your volunteers, and especially for Lady. I hope you find her soon. I’ll spread the word through my social channels.

  6. November 20, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    Reblogged this on Laurie Bartolo and commented:
    Please help find Lady, a missing dog in Eagan, MN

  7. Cindy
    November 20, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    People help because of their love for animals and they know how devastated they’d be if their loved one had gotten away. Been cross posting everything. Hang in there, as one person’s veiw said it is NOT your fault. Lady is a special girl and with the resources and help from the MN Sheltie Rescue, all your friends and everyone else hopefully she’ll be found soon. With the snow now and if you get a sighting there will at least be some tracks to follow. Know that there are lots of prayers out there for Lady to be found safe, and to comfort you. Facebook and all the other networking is getting the word out there & the volunteers. Hugs!!!

  8. November 20, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    Spreading the word… my fingers, toes & ears are crossed that you find her. I’m hugging Bella close and sending lots of positive thoughts your way.

  9. Jen
    November 20, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Spreading the word, and hoping that you find Lady safe and sound.

  10. November 20, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Hoping you have happy news soon. I have tweeted –it was a great idea to put the desired language in your post. Thanks and best of luck.

  11. Janice in GA
    November 20, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Stuff like this can happen in a SECOND, in spite of all our best intentions. It’s terrifying and heartbreaking. Dog finding mojo going out to you, and much love for you and Lady.

    Retweeted your message, because I know more folks up north via Twitter than anywhere else.

  12. November 20, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    I am so sorry! I can only imagine how terrified and heart-broken you are. Thank DoG for all the wonderful people who have stepped up to help you find her. There are truly wonderful people in this world and oftentimes, it takes the worst of circumstances to bring out the best in people. Hopefully, the collective efforts of all of these great people will bring her home safely. I will keep my fingers crossed that you find her soon!

  13. November 20, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Sharing, and praying that you and Lady will be reunited very soon.

  14. November 20, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Share on all my local lists, Facebook and K9 Amber Alert list.

    Please keep us updated. Let me know if I can help in any way.

    {{{HUGS}}}

  15. Estelle
    November 20, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    She has a very dedicated foster mom who is putting her all into helping this girl get back home safely. She will get tired and hungry at which point she will either go into one of the traps, or she will be seen, and we can get to the area. It has happened before where the dog eventually got too tired and hungry to run anymore. That’s when all the flyers and signs pay off. Sending you lots of strength through all of this.

  16. November 20, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Spreading the word, Mel. Sending “found dog” vibes your way. *hugs*

  17. November 20, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    My heart is just sick over this. So, so sorry. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

    I have shared on twitter and FB, and know of at least four subsequent shares to specific Corgi people in MN.

  18. Candace
    November 20, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Hang in there Mel. There are so many people looking and praying and spreading the word about Lady. You, Lady and all the people helping are in my prayers. I am so sorry you and the dogs have to go through this. WIsh I could help, but I keep posting info about her.

  19. Kathy Pobloskie
    November 20, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Mel, there is really useful information in this article:

    how to find a lost sheltie
    http://www.jacksonvillesheltierescue.org/page8.htm

  20. November 20, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Mel, I am so so so so so sorry you are going through this nightmare. When i saw your post on Facebook on Friday night I hoped you were speaking about someone else’s dog not Lady. Never Lady. I have been hoping and wishing for her swift return. I know she is still out there and I know you will get her back. Please know it is not your fault. I wish I lived closer so I could help more. *hugs*

  21. November 20, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Praying Lady is home safe & sound soon.

  22. November 20, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    We’ve all been there; thoughts and prayers for a safe return. Hugs.

  23. November 20, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Hi Mel…I am very sorry about Lady…I am posting this info on FB, my blog, Twitter and Linked in. I hope it helps. I sure she will show up…:-)

  24. November 20, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    We all know this could happen to any of us- that’s why we want to help. Spreading the word and sending lots of positive energy. Hang in there, Mel. She’ll come home.

  25. November 20, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Oh, Mel, how awful. Oh, I can’t imagine. I didn’t even know such resources existed. It happens to all of us, I am just really sorry it happened to you and Lady. I’m so glad that Jasper and Daisy are safe. You will be in our prayers. Wish I could do more. Sounds like you are in good hands.

    Hang in there Mel.

  26. November 20, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    I’m so very sorry this has happened. This is every Sheltie owners worst nightmare as they tend to literally ‘lose their mind’ in this situation. While it never happened to me, plenty of my friends had this happen when re-homing ex-show dogs and it’s a nightmare. You and your support crew are doing all the right things and it’s a matter of keeping on looking, waiting and hoping. I wish I could help, my heart goes out to you and your very frightened little Lady. Good luck to you and everyone helping. I’m sure Lady will start to ‘think’ again soon and seek out food and company.

  27. November 20, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Mel, I am so sorry! And, as others have posted, remember it’s NOT your fault! And yet, you heart is breaking, and it’s so hard when that grief hits. I’ll keep you and Lady in my heart. If it is any consolation, our foster Tibetan Terrier slipped out of the yard where she was being boarded, and was missing for six weeks before we found her. So I hope that you will find Lady as soon as possible. Posting to FB and tweeting it too… (My friends in the UK forwarded your info to me, BTW – the power of the Internet, eh?)

  28. Reader
    November 20, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Reading this post brought tears to my eyes. Everything will work out and I’ve sent up prayers. It’s a beautiful thing to see people out to help! It is not your fault and Lady is going to be found! Keep your chin up!

    • Mel
      November 20, 2011 at 6:44 PM

      Thank you. I am trying to be hopeful, but feeling so scared my little girl.

  29. Roxy
    November 20, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    I was in a very similar situation with a VERY timid foster chihuahua just this fall. He was refostered after being with me for 3 months and ran from his new foster home within hours of arriving there! I drove out to Deephaven to search for him, to no avail. We plastered the area with flyers, we searched & searched…there were sightings all over the neighborhood, so thank GOD he was sticking around the area. Live trapping didn’t work. He moved his toy around at night, which was heartbreaking as well as reassuring. I finally brought my chihuahua mix (his buddy) to the area and brought her to the location he was last spotted. I made her bark & bark for hot dogs (she thought it was great), and finally the woman that was standing near me said “there he is”!…this is on the fourth day lost…I called his name and he TOOK OFF like lightening! This is a dog that loved me, but was on the run and in a frenzy. I then knew he was close…so I took his buddy and sat at a bench in the park and had her bark some more…within a minute he was there again, but this time I just encouraged her to keeepp barking…and he came right up! He recognized me when he got close and allowed me to pet and give him hot dogs, I was able to pick him up! I was on cloud nine! So…long story short…maybe bring his best friend to the area and see if that works? I wish I would have done it the DAY he was lost!

    I will pray you find her safe and SOON!

    • Mel
      November 20, 2011 at 6:43 PM

      Oh Roxy. Thank you for sharing. I have been losing hope as the day has gone on. I know Shelties can survive a long time on their own, but we have coyotes here (like you do in Deephaven) and that worries me greatly. Knowing how scared and alone she is right now is making me feel so helpless. I have been bringing Daisy and Jasper to the areas she has been and as I drive there I am letting Jasper bark out the windows, hoping she will recognize it and come out of hiding.
      Thank you for your prayers and for giving me hope. I am so glad you got your little guy back.

      • Roxy
        November 20, 2011 at 11:19 PM

        You are welcome Mel, let me know if I can help. When you find her, email me and I will groom her for free! (I’m a groomer) furrballz1@comcast.net

      • Mel
        November 21, 2011 at 9:15 PM

        Oh Roxy. Thank you! How generous and kind of you. She may need it if she is frequenting the areas we have been searching. My Jasper has come home with burrs every day while out searching with me.

  30. Lori
    November 20, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Hi Mel….spreading the word to everyone I know!! Hugs to you!!!

  31. November 20, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Just saw this Mel – thinking of you and posting everywhere. I wish I was closer so I could help in person. I can’t imagine how worried you are but I’m sure she’s going to be alright and you will find her soon. You’re doing all the right things. Best wishes on her speedy return. Please let us know if we can do anything at all to help.

  32. Tammy Bailey
    November 20, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Lady. Since I live in Washington state, there is nothing I can do to help but pray. And THAT I will!! I have quite the soft spot for Shelties, Collie’s, Border Collies or Aussie’s. They are so devoted to their humans. I hope the next time I see this blog, it is because Lady is back home, safe and sound, right where she’s supposed to be!

  33. Peggy Premas
    November 20, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Hope you get her fast. Next time and always use a martingale collar on your Shelties. They can’t back out of them

    • Mel
      November 21, 2011 at 9:21 PM

      Thanks Peggy. Actually, Lady was wearing a martingale collar when she escaped. I had assumed it was fitted for her at the time.

      • Sheila
        November 21, 2011 at 9:25 PM

        Mel, one last shot in the dark, for tonight anyway, does your local police dept. or a nearby one have rescue dogs. You could give their dog something with Lady’s scent on it. They also use this for lost people and children (I’m sure you know that), so why not look for dogs too. I would contact them and see if that is a possibility. If it were me, I would pay to use that service, but you would think they would offer it for free to help you out. Keeping fingers and everything crossed, tons of prayers, I just have a feeling you will find her. Sheila

  34. ruffstartrescue
    November 20, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Sharing/Posting – Hoping to help find her! Please contact me (Emily) if there is anything I can do to help! Print/Post flyers? Call Impounds/Vet Clinics? Post Lost Dog ad/Check Found Dog ads on CL? Anything!! 🙂

    Emily Randolph
    Ruff Start Rescue
    emily@ruffstartrescue.org
    612-483-1084

    • Mel
      November 21, 2011 at 9:20 PM

      Thank you Emily. You have already done so much! Just think, you already saved a cat this weekend!

  35. November 20, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Praying that Lady finds her way home soon. I’m amazed at all the people that have come out to help find her.

  36. November 20, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Hang in there Mel. I’m spreading the word and praying too. I’ll keep looking for updates.

    • Mel
      November 21, 2011 at 9:19 PM

      Thank you Peggy. You have been awesome.

  37. November 20, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    i’m absolutely heartbroken for you. i just heard about this and i am so so sorry i didn’t share the message sooner, but i’m doing it now. you and lady are in our thoughts and prayers. we hope she comes home soon. xoxo

  38. November 20, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    I had my 4 dogs get out of the yard once and was able to get the 1 back right away. The other 3 seemed to have vanished off the face of the earth. Fortunately, someone spotted them and was able to catch the one (he spent the night at the shelter) and the other 2 I finally caught up to 3 miles from home. The whole ordeal only last 3 hours, but it was an awful feeling. We are sending good thoughts your way that Lady comes home soon.

    • Mel
      November 21, 2011 at 9:19 PM

      3 miles is a long ways away. That’s something I worry about. They move so fast it’s hard to know how far they can get in such a short amount of time. I am so glad you found all your dogs Dawn. So very glad.

  39. November 20, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    We are sending warm thoughts to Lady so she can find her way home. What an amazing network of people who have taken time to search for her. You have our best wishes that she comes home safely.

  40. Connie Stuart
    November 20, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Praying that you find Lady soon. I’ve had a similar situation with one of my dogs, but found her in just a few minutes. I know how frightened you are for her and praying that she’s safe and that you find her ASAP.

  41. November 20, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    http://g.co/maps/z6mxq Here is a Google map centered on the spot you first lost contact with Lady. You could add Eagan, Minnesota to your tags so your post would get picked up by locals scanning wordpress, I hope this helps in your search.

  42. starbail
    November 20, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Mel, thinking of you and Lady, and praying for a quick trip home for Miss Lady. I wish I was closer to help in the search, I have been sharing the FB links from MNSR and have shared this as well.

  43. November 20, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    A lot of the things I’ve learned from Greyhound rescue about finding escaped dogs have already been applied. I’m glad your rescue is so organized about getting the word out. She might have been so tired that she curled up somewhere to sleep for most of the day! We’re sending lots of good thoughts that Lady is found soon!

    • Mel
      November 21, 2011 at 9:16 PM

      Thanks Carrie. I am too. They are SO amazing. I’m hoping she gets hungry enough to come out of hiding soon. I think you are right about her sleeping and being tired.

  44. Linda
    November 21, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    I pray for Lady’s safe return. A beautiful dog. I hope and pray that someone kind and loving has taken her in and given her love and shelter and she will eventually be back home. St. Francis of Assisi, patron Saint of Animals please help…Amen

    • Mel
      November 21, 2011 at 9:14 PM

      Thank you Linda. My mother and I are also praying to St Francis of Assisi. I know he hears our pleas.

  45. Linda
    November 21, 2011 at 1:24 AM

    I am still praying, but, please, please, check with all the animal controls and humane societies if you haven’t already, I know they only hold the animals for a few days. St. Francis of Assisi and God, please help Lady.

  46. November 21, 2011 at 7:25 AM

    Don’t lose hope! I found my lost Samoyed after 35 days. She’s out there, you will find her.

    • Mel
      November 21, 2011 at 9:13 PM

      Your story gives me hope! Wow! That long? I am so glad tou found your pup. That is a miracle.

  47. November 21, 2011 at 7:55 AM

    I am very sorry… I hope you have happy news very soon!

  48. Scott Challgren
    November 21, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    Call my friend, healer and mentor…Dana Miller (world renowned pet psychic) – she is the real deal – I promise – no hocus pocus small talk – only results – here is her website… http://www.whatanimalstellus.com/home/

    (your story has made it to Texas and with family in MN, I have posted info on their walls) TEAM LADY!!

  49. November 21, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    Please, please hang on to hope. We are praying for her, tweeting and facebooking it now.

  50. November 21, 2011 at 8:28 AM

    Mel, I read a blog a while back about a woman whose fearful dog went missing, this group really helped her.
    http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/

    • Mel
      November 21, 2011 at 9:07 PM

      Thank you Jodi. I will definitely check it out.

  51. November 21, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mel, and with Lady. I’ll share this everywhere I can think of and keep thinking positive thoughts. She’ll be home soon.

  52. Jo Ward
    November 21, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Shared – hope she is found!

  53. Karen Hollebrands
    November 21, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Please keep the faith, Mel. There are so many people looking out for her, spreading the word, and praying for Lady’s safe arrival. I know your heart is breaking, but don’t ever give up hope that Lady once again will be with you, Daisy and Jasper. Hugs.

  54. Gena Shafer
    November 21, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Mel, I talked to my mom who is part of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Collie Rescue and was ready to giver her the link so she could give her friends in your area a heads up. She informed me that your story has already been posted to their site so please know you have hundrends of people looking with you. We all hope and pray she is found soon.

    • Mel
      November 21, 2011 at 9:07 PM

      Oh Gena. You made me cry. Thank you to both you and your mom. I am so touched and so grateful.

  55. Steve Baumgartner
    November 21, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Some body must have her at their house by now…she knows humans have food and venturing off into the wild would not be her normal practice. Got place posters all over the public areas about your dog being lost. I have a Shelty too, her name is Lexa and she’s 9 years old. I no how worried “sick” you must be..I hope you find her because the nights are very Cold and she could freeze.

    • Mel
      November 21, 2011 at 9:11 PM

      I wish I could say that were true Steve, but Lady is a special girl. She came from a less than positive situation and was almost feral when rescued almost 4 years ago. While she has made a lot of progress, she still is afraid of most people and quite skittish. She is so afraid and frightened right now that she even ran from me when I called her name. I so appreciate your kind words and hope that she is found. Lena is lucky to have a dad who loves her so.

  56. November 21, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Hey Mel, please don’t lose hope. You and your posse will find her. They’re tougher than we think they are, you know. Thinking of you and sending all good thoughts your way.

    Best,
    Les

  57. Sheila
    November 21, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Just a stab in the dark, but what about contacting a psychic? Or a medium The local police or your vet’s office may know of one. Or google it. I have heard some psychic’s have done wonders to find people, children and pets. Good luck, prayers heading your way from Pennsylvania.

    • Mel
      November 21, 2011 at 9:04 PM

      Thank you Shelia. Good suggestion. I actually did so today. She told me that Lady has traveled about 5 miles from where I lost her and that she’s been hanging around a building that is cornflower blue or colonial blue (not a house) and that she is acting like a fox in staying away from people and busy places, which makes it hard for people to see her. I started canvasing areas 5 miles out today.

      • Sheila
        November 21, 2011 at 9:13 PM

        Mel, hope the psychic’s suggestions work. If I lived closer I would help you 24/7. Please keep me posted on what the psychic suggested. I just had a gut feeling to tell you that. Tons of prayers going your way. I also did post this on my Face Book Page – PLEASE DO NOT LOSE HOPE. GET SOME FRIENDS TO HELP CANVAS THAT SPECIFIC AREA. Sheila

  58. Sheila
    November 21, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Did you get my message about contacting the police to see if they have a rescue dog you can use – give their dog something with Lady’s scent on it. Worth a try. Sheila

  59. November 21, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    I shared on http://www.facebook.com/OliverAlert Oliver Alerts and my FB page. Hope she is found safe very soon.

  60. Cathe Olson
    November 21, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    I helped find a sheltie last month who was gone 2 weeks. He got away from a relatives by Mankato and was headed home to Northfield we think. He ended up in my neighborhood- 12 miles away, in St. Peter. When we saw him run by, I checked ads and called the possible owner. She came out and put his blankie and food by our gate. 3 days later he was sleeping there in the very early a.m.. He was scared and ran into the yard (4 acres)…we closed the gates. We then opened the van & put his food bowl and blankie in there. He jumped in & I closed the door. He did have a tag on so I called- yup it was the lost Harley! What a miracle.

    Most dogs will get pretty hungry and thirsty after a week or two…and can go 5 weeks without food, if they get water. There are a lot of places to take cover & keep warm. I have helped find several dogs who have been lost 5 weeks. They can easily travel 5 or more miles a day if they want. Usually they will go where they smell food and other dogs……So check out fast food places, too Harley was in amazing shape after 2 weeks on the run, btw…There is always hope. When she gets good and tired she will go up to someone- so keep networking to spread the word. I just know you will find your foster girl. Be sure to let mailmen, UPS, newspaper delivery, meter readers, etc…know about her! Sending positive thoughts for you to find her for the holidays! I let a sheltie breeder near Mankato know today, also. Cathe

    • Mel
      November 22, 2011 at 12:22 AM

      Cathe – Your story gives me hope. That is an absolutely amazing story. To think he made it 12 miles and then just curled up on the blanket and fell asleep. Wow. Thank you for sharing such an amazing story. It shows me that nothing is impossible. Thank you! Thank you!

  61. zoomer1
    November 22, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    Mel, last nite I sent a comment and wanted to see if you received it -how about contacting the police (local or nearby) to see if they have a rescue dog you can use – give their dog something with Lady’s scent on it. It works finding children and people so why wouldn’t it help finding Lady. I think this would be a good idea, and maybe center around the area where you have heard she has been spotted or where the psychic told you. Worth a try. Sheila

  62. November 22, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    A rescue friend here in Nashville just posted your post on FB, and I will share in case I know of anybody in MN or traveling there! This happened to me once, with a new rehome (just one! I can’t imagine your panic with three) and those minutes until I caught him were some of my worst ever. We were near a busy street, at a tire shop, and the air compressor went off. It’s something that could happen to any dog owner. I know of dogs that have been found a month after they went on the run, so we’ll all say prayers and send strong positive vibes your way! Thinking of you all today– Deanna

  63. Jolene
    November 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Hi Mel. I am so sorry about what happened. A friend read your article, then told my mom about it, who told me. So word is getting out! I live in Rosemount and will keep an eye out for her. I also shared this on facebook and will keep checking back to see if any progress has been made. Have you tried local news stations? I have over 200 friends in the Apple Valley/Eagan/Rosemount area and I’m hoping that someone has seen something! You are in my prayers, as is poor Lady girl. Don’t blame yourself. My dog gets freaked out by signs like that too.

  64. Jolene
    November 22, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    One more thing! Please email me your phone number. my mom and I are going to the theater tomorrow in Eagan, and we just might drive around a bit. My email is taznjade at gmail dot com

  65. November 23, 2011 at 5:48 AM

    Thinking of you and keeping our paws crossed!

  66. Karen Schroeder
    November 23, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Mel, you and Lady are in my thoughts. Think I check for good news at least a dozen times a day, hoping . . . Please let us know as soon as Lady is found and she is back with her foster family, safe and sound – that will be such a happy post for everybody!

  67. November 23, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Dear Mel….just wanted to say…DON’T GIVE UP HOPE!

    Lost dogs are found every day.

    I was up in Amery, WI and found a lost dog ….running on the highway dodging traffic. I pulled over, called him to me, he got into my car. He is now safe in the local shelter. I hope they are able to find his owners. He was wearing a collar, but no tags or microchip.

    Reiki and love sent to Lady. Come home, sweetheart. {{{{HUGS}}}}

  68. mary nuernberg
    November 24, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    I drove around from walmart in eagan area, to cliff road a couple of times to look for her tonight. I did not see anything but will try again tomorrow night. Just wanted you to know we are looking.

  69. Susanne Oakley
    November 24, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    My heart goes out to you as I recently went through a similar tragedy with my little 2 year old Yorkie, Olive. She also got scared when a freak accident occurred and ran off. But, our tale was not a happy ending I am sorry to say and I could not stop crying. But, to help heal my heart I went and got a new puppy which I didn’t think I would do so soon but it was the only way I could help fill the hole in my heart. I do hope you have some better news about your baby and hopefully someone has taken her in and she will be reunited with you soon.

    • Mel
      November 24, 2011 at 11:00 PM

      I am so sorry for your loss Suzanne. It is such a scary feeling to have your dog get loose, but to not have that happy ending is so sad. I hope and pray this is not the case with Lady. Thank you for sharing your story.

  70. Ashley
    November 27, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Keep looking. I’m so sorry you’ve lost you baby. My Mother and I just got our Sheppers back. He was adopted out to a very nice couple, but he got loose after he panicked. He was loose for a week, but we had so many people looking for him and we found him. Don’t give up hope. Dogs have an amazing way of surviving. God Bless and don’t lose hope.

  71. Steve Baumgartner
    December 2, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    I just heard she was found: here’s a story I just copied and pasted about it from FaceBook: {
    GOOD NEWS!!!!!!! LADY was FOUND yesterday (12/1) in Eagan, about 2 miles from where the foster person lost her. Some person (not the foster person) posted the above picture at local businesses and some guy saw this “mound of fur” curled up. He recognized the “fur” from the picture and rescued the dog!! AWESOME. The foster person decided to adopt Lady because she realized how much she missed her. Hopefully, she’ll keep a tighter grip on the leash. Ah, a happy ending for once. }

    • Mel
      December 2, 2011 at 9:25 PM

      Thanks Steve! She was also on WCCO at 5 PM and will be on again at 10 PM. I think she’s a star, as is her rescuer, Brad.

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