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Foster Dog Lady – Still Missing

November 21, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Update (3:03 PM CST, Tuesday) – I haven’t had time to write since my post last night, but we had a sighting about 11 PM last night. Lady was spotted just down Blackhawk road, less than a mile from home! She had seen a sign I had posted yesterday afternoon on Blackhawk (Thank you Maya!) and when she saw Lady, she raced back to get the number and called (people are amazing). Jasper, Daisy and I raced down there and walked around and threw treats. I called out for her. She did not respond, but I know that she is close and that gives me great comfort. We went back this morning and walked the neighborhoods, passed out fliers and hoped she would show herself. No luck, but I am not giving up hope.
More volunteers came to help today and a couple who heard about Lady from their son in New York called Minnesota Sheltie Rescue and offered to help. They have Shelties too so they could understand my worry. They saved some of our signs from the City of Eagan and the city was understanding of our worry and also sympathetic. They helped get the remaining signs out of the dumpster. Thank you Eagan.

I passed out fliers all over that area as did Nancy (bless her soul). She has been out every single day helping out. My friend Deb from MVHS drove the area looking for her and asked people if they had seen her and they said they were watching for her. Estelle and I took down two live traps that had no action, not even wildlife touched the food, and Estelle checked the other traps. Nothing, but given where she was sighted last it makes sense. My friend Karen is coming to help hand out more fliers and Vicki from Ruff Start Rescue is coming with me to check the traps tonight.

If you believe in the power of prayer, please pray she find her way home safely. She’s so close!!! Come on Lady!


I don’t know where to begin as I write this latest update. First, I am eternally grateful for the kindness of strangers and friends and animal lovers everywhere for their help and encouraging words. Last night was perhaps my lowest period since Lady first went missing on Friday night. I didn’t think it was possible to cry as much as I did, but I think despair and exhaustion took it’s toll. The only thing that has given me hope throughout this whole ordeal is the kindness of so many people (too, too many to count) and the continued sightings of Lady. Knowing that she was at least alive and okay kept me going when I didn’t think I could go on. But yesterday, we didn’t receive a call, not a one, and I began to imagine all sorts of awful scenarios in my mind (coyotes, cold weather, cars, etc.) and I began to worry about my poor defenseless girl out there all by herself, unable to protect herself from whatever dangers that lurked. I imagine this is what all pet parents feel when their pet goes missing and many of your comments have confirmed that. There is no greater fear than not knowing and imagining all the awful possibilities.

There have been no new sightings today, and for that I am sad. I keep hoping for some new news soon, some little tidbit of hope. Perhaps this is the only one for today, but I hold onto it tightly. This morning while out checking the trap closest to where Lady was last seen, I decided to check out an area that is further down the hill from it. I saw some fresh tracks that were close to the size of Lady’s feet and the gait was similar. It gave me hope. I informed Karol and Estelle, and together we decided to place two live traps in that area this evening. It’s more secluded than the other location and is near a pond (fresh water) and there is plenty of wildlife (e.g., rabbits). Plus there was a concrete culvert that she could hide in if she so chose. I am hoping that she is nearby and goes into one of the traps.

I spent most of my day driving around posting signs and handing out fliers – near a warehouse area with lots of truckers, closer to my house in areas of high traffic and further out as well. I dropped off fliers at Chuck and Don’s and the Play It Again Sports store next door. Sadly, all the signs that Julie and Jeff placed yesterday, near where Lady was last seen, were taken down by the city of Eagan. It appears signs asking people to help find a lost dog are not in the city’s liking. It is frustrating to say the least. These signs are our best hope for getting the word out that she is missing. My fear is that by taking down the signs they may lead people to believe she has been found when she has not. Volunteers worked for hours to make those signs and now they are gone, probably destroyed. So now we will focus on fliers, word of mouth and social media to make sure people know that Lady is still missing and to keep an eye out for her.

More volunteers were out tonight and Estelle was handing out fliers. We have more ready to go and many, many people are looking. I continue to hope and pray that Lady will be found safe because of their efforts and assistance. It’s so easy these days to believe that the world is full of bad people, people who don’t care, but this could not be further from the truth. I know firsthand that there many more people with kindness in their hearts and generosity of spirit than I ever could have believed or imagined. Seriously. I am blown away. When Lady makes it home, and yes, I do believe it is a when, I will forever hold in my mind and heart all of you. Your words give me hope and your actions give me faith and encouragement. Thank you seems so small a thing to say, but thank you. Truly.

There are so many people who have offered to hand out fliers, post signs all over Eagan and elsewhere, for checking the live traps morning, noon and night, for spreading the word on Twitter and Facebook and by word of mouth. My thanks to Minnesota Sheltie Rescue and all of their volunteers. Karol and Karen who drove through a raging snowstorm to drop off live traps and food to fill them. Meghan, who drove down from up north, while worrying over a very sick horse, to drop off another trap, fliers, and more signs. Christine, a former pet sitting client, who called and said I am with you and came and walked with me for hours to hand out fliers. Jeff and Julie, who helped me paper cars with fliers, visited businesses near where Lady was lost and handed out fliers, put up signs and brought me coffee on a very cold day. Heather from MN SHeltie Rescue, who picked up more fliers, a lock for the live trap and proceeded to spend her Sunday afternoon handing out fliers. Emily from Ruff Start Rescue who was out last night looking for her, checking the traps, and ended up saving a cat hit by a car. Vicki, who offered to check the traps every morning and Cindy who has been out helping, not because she’s associated with the rescue, but just because she has Shelties herself. And Nancy and Dennis who were there at the beginning and con tinue to help today with fliers and searching and encouraging me. And, Estelle, who runs MN Sheltie Rescue and who has coordinated this huge effort to find Lady. She has been there to tell me to take care of myself, to not give up hope. She has shared stories of dogs who were missing and came back in even worse circumstances. You, Estelle, have been a rock when I was not. There are many, many more people I want to thank – Janet Roper, Darlene Arden, Karen C-H, Kellie K, and Kym G, Kim H, Kim T, Kim C, Amy and Rod, Roxanne, Karen F, Maggie M, Kristine T, Pamela, Peggy, AJ, Nancy, Edie, Jen, Mary H, Mary D, Maya Z, and more than I can even mention here. Thank you everyone who has offered a prayer or a thought or a wish to bring Lady home. I believe it is working. I do.

Please continue to pray for Lady’s safe return and to share her story and pictures. You are making a difference. It’s only a matter of time – at least, that is what I hope and pray every day.

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.

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

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 (This Post):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 21, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    Continued Reiki and love sent.

    Come home sweet Lilly, you are missed and loved.


  2. November 21, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Our hearts are with you. Hang in there … she will come back.

  3. November 21, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Oh how my heart breaks for you. I know what it feels like to have a lost/missing pet and the anguish one goes through at the beginning, in the middle and at the end (good or bad).

    Please know that I am praying for you with tears streaming down my face. I can’t help the tears, they come when someone loved is not with us. I hope that Lady returns home to you, safe and sound very, very soon.

    All my love, prayers and thoughts.

    • Mel
      November 22, 2011 at 12:26 AM

      Donna – You clearly have been there and do understand so well the ups and downs. I am feeling less pessimistic today and feeling like she’s almost here. Thank you for your prayers. I believe they will work.

  4. Patricia Mundy
    November 21, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Sharing & Sending All My Positive Energy!

  5. Cindy
    November 21, 2011 at 9:33 PM


  6. November 21, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Saying prayers that she’ll soon be in your arms.

  7. November 21, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Still sending lots of good thoughts your way!

  8. Jen
    November 21, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    This is so heartbreaking, I’m so very sorry! It sounds like you’ve got a lot of god and dedicated help, and I truly hope that you find her as soon as possible. Now, preferably! Poor Lady, poor you 😦

  9. Jen
    November 21, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    I have been thinking of you and Lady everyday since I heard this. I know that we have never met but my heart aches for you, i can only imagine how worried you are about her. We are keeping hope here for the both of you.

    • Mel
      November 22, 2011 at 12:27 AM

      Oh Jen. Thank you. My heart is aching a little less today. I just can’t believe this much hope and good wishes will be for naught.

  10. Theresa Lester
    November 21, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    Waiting is so hard – our rescue had a unsocialized dog right from a mill escaped during transport. She was loose for over three weeks. No reason in the world that a tiny Shih Tzu should have survived in the wild for three weeks but she did. Finally captured because of patience, she was spotted and volunteers set out food for her. She came back several times to eat, but avoided the live traps. You will get her. Keep putting up flyers, tell the town you will remove them when she is found.

    • Mel
      November 22, 2011 at 12:24 AM

      I can’t believe you got her back. She hadn’t even bonded to a human yet or even had a chance to learn all humans aren’t scary things. Holy cow Theresa. That’s crazy amazing. Thank you for giving me hope!

  11. November 22, 2011 at 12:35 AM

    My heart breaks for you as well. All paws crossed here for safe return!!! xoxo

  12. November 22, 2011 at 4:40 AM

    Lady is such a beautiful girl that I can’t help but think someone will spot her soon. Somehow no one ever thinks of a pretty dog as a stray and it makes them curious. You just need the right person to see her.

    I’ll retweet your message now.

  13. Karen Hollebrands
    November 22, 2011 at 6:12 AM

    Still hoping and praying that Lady makes it home to you and that you truly have a wonderous
    THANKSgiving. Hugs to you, Mel.

  14. November 22, 2011 at 6:33 AM


    City of Eagan, Minnesota wrote: “If you post your sign behind the trail, out of the public right of way, they won’t be taken down. See Non-business Signs on Right of Way at http://www.ci.eagan.mn.us/live/article.aspx?id=40707 and best wishes on finding your Collie.”

  15. November 22, 2011 at 6:58 AM

    paws and fingers crossed for Lady to return safely, so sorry you’re going through this heartache and worry xxxxxx

  16. Amy
    November 22, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    I’ve been through this twice with shy foster dogs. Both times they were in their new home when they ran. The 1st time was my very 1st foster dog Baby, she was missing for 5 months. This princess Standard Poodle terrified of her own shadow lived on rabbits, dogs are survivors. We had to live trap her. Gone for 5 months, in the live trap within 48 hours. The 2nd time was my current foster dog Phoebe. Phoebe is a mill girl and I’m the only one she trusts. Gone for 2 weeks, wouldnt go near anyone not even me when I found her. Thankfully I had my dogs with me and she adores them. They chased her through a field and “caught” her, keeping her with them until I could get close enough to grab her. I hope you’ll remember these two examples during your lowest points. I’ve been there and wouldnt wish it on anyone. I’m sure you are receiving wonderful tips but I’d also like to share what worked for me. Cans and cans of Alpo or any other really stinky dog food all around the areas she’s been spotted. If she’s dog friendly, bring other dogs with on the search. Leave flyers at schools in the area. This is how I found Phoebe. A high school student saw my flyer and called me when she saw her in her yard. I have a friend that lives on Blackhawk and sent her Lady’s info. I also work in an office where a good majority of people live in Eagan so have passed out flyers.

  17. Kim
    November 22, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    Oh Mel. I am so sorry and I think about you and Lady every day. I hope you hear some good news today – even if it is just a sighting. You need to keep the faith and have hope. The weather is getting warmer, which also helps. Lots of love and hugs to you.

  18. November 22, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    we’re hoping and praying that Lady comes home soon!

  19. November 22, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    I hope Lady finds her way home soon. I can’t help but think about her – she looks like such a sweetie. We live a little ways from Eagan, but I am getting the word out via FB, and email. Keeping my fingers crossed for all of you.

  20. Amanda Wegiel
    November 22, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Do NOT give up home. Last winter on the coldest days, a cockapoo went missing for about 3 days. It was way below zero and she didn’t even have frost bite. A shelty is a durable dog. Even should someone take her in and not turn her in, I just don’t think anything bad is happening to her. When she’s hungry enough, she’ll surrender. My cat was missing TWO months in Texas when I lived there and we found her. People do care. Someone will take her in and keep her or turn her in. I have faith in that!!! I know how you’re feeling, it’s hateful, and I am so sorry about that.

  21. November 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Sending encouragement and hope for Lady your way! I had a foster dog who was lost for two months, and managed a search for another foster dog who was gone for a month, and both were found, returned, and are now in loving homes! So don’t give up! You are doing all the right things. My last one who was lost, Lars, traveled an incredibly large area while he was lost but eventually someone saw him, saw our sign, and called us and we got him home.

    Lady will come back; the feeding stations and signs are key so keep up the amazing work!
    Kirsten http://peacefuldog.blogspot.com/search/label/Lars

  22. November 22, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    I keep re-freshing your website, thinking that if I keep doing it eventually you are going to have a new post up declaring that Lady is back home. Twenty time’s the charm?

    I will keep hoping and wishing until that pretty little girl is back where she belongs. Take care of yourself, eh?

  23. November 22, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Sounds like such a good sign that she is so close. Our paws will be crossed until Lady is home. Sounds like you are in good hands. Thank goodness for dog lovers. 🙂

    Hang in there!

  24. November 22, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Mel, I am thinking and hoping and praying and all that… I am in love with Lady, I keep hoping you’ll look out your window and see her in the yard, safe and sound.

    So many people helping you, something must go right!

  25. Theresa
    November 22, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    She is so close to home that it won’t be long before she is there with you. Have you thought about a BBQ in the yard and leave your gate open? The smell of food travels a tremendously long way and she is hungry now. Also, I have always heard that KFC smell carries a very long way and the aroma stays for a long time – would be good for baiting the live traps. Soon, soon, Mel envision Lady coming in your yard and resting by the back door….

  26. November 22, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    She’s so close… I’ve been sending as many good vibes to Minnesota as I can. Keeping you in my thoughts – giant hugs!

  27. Cindy
    November 22, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    She’s a crafty one. Get some rest. Give Daisy & Jasper extra hugs. Prayers still coming your way.

  28. November 22, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Saw your message on 2browndawgs.com and wanted to drop by to offer some prayers. My mommy knows how you are feeling — my furry sister (who was 12 last year when she went missing) was lost for just about an hour, but it was the longest hour of their lives. We will keep our paws crossed and put up a pic & link for Wednesday’s post. 🙂

    We hope Lady will find her way home soon…this is our Thanksgiving wish for you. 🙂

    Woofs & hugs, ❤

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

    • November 22, 2011 at 11:39 PM

      OOpsie, I saw Lady’s story on 24pawsoflove.com… 🙂

  29. November 22, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Dear Mel, Jasper, and Daisy, My heart aches for you all. Perhaps tomorrow will be the glorious day that you will have Lady back home in the midst of you. I’ve been thinking about you everyday, and you are in my prayers.

    • Mel
      November 23, 2011 at 8:33 AM

      Oh Marsha. Thank you. We so appreciate your love and support. Kiss Prince and Princess for me will you?

  30. November 23, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Sending White Dog woos of encouragement to Lady to let herself be found and returned to the place where she belongs. Also sending positive energy that some kind soul will pause at the sight of a scared girl and coax her into arms that will lead her home. Feel our belief and have faith…do not give up.

  31. mary nuernberg
    November 23, 2011 at 3:19 AM

    I live in Eagan on Galaxie and BlackHawk. I just wanted you to know I look for her every time I am out and so does the rest of my family. She will get home….

  32. November 23, 2011 at 3:38 AM

    She’s been seen so close! Come on Lady! Come home safe! xxx

  33. November 23, 2011 at 6:58 AM

    Paws crossed that Lady can find her way home as soon as possible!

  34. November 23, 2011 at 7:28 AM

    Sending good vibes to bring Lady home. Come on Lady come back home to Momma…Sniffs, The HoundDogs

  35. November 23, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    This latest update is very encouraging! Prayers continuing for Lady and all of you conducting the search.

  36. November 23, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Did you post on Craig’s list. We lost our dog on the 4th of July up in Duluth…near spirit mountain…very woodsy…someone saw our post and called us! it was her and I found out they found her about 11 that night. they saw our ad at 7 in the morning. She is a shiba inu

    • Mel
      November 23, 2011 at 3:48 PM

      Hi Laurie – Both Lady and the other lost dog we found last night have been posted. Thank you for thinking of it though. Every idea is helpful!

  37. Tawni
    November 24, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Sending positive energy & prayers! 10 years ago my border collie went missing for 8 days through 100+ degree weather, Fourth of July and severe thunderstorms. We got him back and he’s sleeping next to me as I type. I’ll never forget how miserable I was for those 8 days.

    Take care

    • Mel
      November 24, 2011 at 10:58 PM

      Tawni – Thank you. That gives me hope. I am so glad he is back with you, where he belongs. I hope to have the same outcome soon!

  1. November 22, 2011 at 6:38 AM

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