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Thanksgiving Gratitude Despite Little Lady Still Being Lost

November 23, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Thanksgiving Day is upon us, and while you might not think that I could be grateful on a day when Lady is still missing, I am. There is so much to celebrate on this special holiday.

– All the volunteers with Minnesota Sheltie Rescue who have given up time in their day, and in their lives, to help search for Lady, hand out fliers, post signs, and manage the behind the scenes coordinating it takes to pull off a search this large.

– All my friends and family members who have offered support and encouragement when I was feeling at my lowest.

– All the “strangers”, who I now prefer to think of as friends, who have offered to help in any way they could to help find Lady – driving around where she was last seen, handing out fliers, sharing her story with friends on Facebook or Twitter, watching out for her as they drive through town, etc.

– All the people who took action and called us to let us know they had seen her and where she was headed and what she did. Every call is a clue to a much bigger puzzle and with every puzzle piece placed, we get closer to finding Lady.

– Warm weather. I might be totally wrong, after all I am not a meteorologist, but I don’t remember many Thanksgivings being this warm. It means I can breathe a little easier knowing Lady is not freezing cold or out there in the middle of a snowstorm.

– My puppy dogs. Last Friday was a freak accident, but I fully recognize that in all that chaos I could have lost all three dogs to a car or something just as bad. That none of them were hit is a miracle in itself. Lady may still be missing, but she is alive and people are watching out for her and praying for her. And when I am feeling down, Daisy and Jasper are there to comfort me. For all of that I am truly grateful.

Reading all your comments and heartfelt hopes and prayers has been very comforting to me. I know now that I don’t have control over what happens to Lady, or how long it will take to bring her home, but I do know that all of this good energy is not being put to waste. It’s making me, and I suspect you, feel grateful for what we do have and how blessed we truly are on this special day. Hug your dogs. Hug your family, and know that today is a day we can all be grateful for.

Latest update: No sightings of Lady today. Volunteers were out searching, checking traps and making new fliers with a side view of Lady. I, and it appears at least one other volunteer, staked out the Marriott tonight in hopes of seeing Lady. I sat on the ground for a while in the area nearest to where she had crossed Pilot Knob Road, but never saw her. After a while got too cold to stay and so I left behind some food and one of her favorite toys.

Not one to leave things be, I stopped off at Walgreens to buy some more dog food, Kibbles and Bits, to entice her out. I filled the food dish and then sat in my car at a distance to see if she would come out. No luck. But, I did get a sense of when traffic quiets down in that area and I think I’ll have a better idea of when to come next time.

I am really hoping the food will keep her on that side of Pilot Knob Road until we can move a trap closer to that area and add another live trap further down. I am hoping beyond hope that she will go into a trap on Thanksgiving Day and give us all something to celebrate.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Come home Lady.

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 (This Post): 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 24, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    Mel – Happy Thanksgiving. I am still praying and thinking of you, Lady and your other ‘foster dogs’ that most likely miss Lady very much too.


  2. November 24, 2011 at 2:03 AM

    Yes, come home Lady! We are all thinking of and praying for you!

    We hope you and your family have a very happy Thanksgiving, as best you can. All of our paws are crossed! 🙂

    Woofs & hugs, ❤

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

  3. Cindy
    November 24, 2011 at 6:18 AM

    Have a nice Thanksgiving Mel. Hugs to you, Daisy & Jasper.

  4. November 24, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    Happy thanksgiving, Mel! I’m glad you’re able to recognize that you were not responsible and that with all the chaos in that parking lot, it could have been so much worse. I was thinking that too. Your friends who can’t help on the ground will continue to send good thoughts — and internet help!

  5. November 24, 2011 at 8:31 AM

    Mel, I am so glad you are staying strong through this. You and Lady are in our Thanksgiving prayers just as you’ve been since she went missing.

  6. November 24, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Mel. I am so sorry your whole family cannot be together on this special holiday, but I truly believe she will be with you again soon. I will keep thinking of you all and wishing for happy news.

  7. Jess
    November 24, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    I kicked around for a couple hours las night between 8 and eleven. Checking the lake. Driving the neighborhood and checking out behind business by their trash cans. No luck
    I did see 2 eyes shining back at me behind Wendy’s but it was a black cat. I also saw a bunny. Got barked at and had the police shine their spotlight on me. I am sorry i was no help. 😦

  8. November 24, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    I don’t think I’ve went longer than a half hour when 3 of my dogs took off one night and I didn’t even know they were missing for most of that. A few hollers and they came running back. Two of them were young at the time. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I am so sorry and that I can’t begin to understand what you must feeling and going through, except that it must be awful. And I say this, because I don’t know what else to say. I am at a loss for words. Most of the time I am a much better listener than talker. So, if you need a shoulder or an ear. I would be happy to be there for you.

    All our paws, fingers and toes are crossed for you and Lady.

    I am so grateful for all of the help you have and who aren’t giving up hope.

    We are all waiting for the post that Lady is home again.

    • Jess
      November 24, 2011 at 2:25 PM

      Went back again today behind Wendy’s and marriot. Right below Wendy’s at the pond there are dog tracks. Also a small sewer. It might be too small for her not sure but didnt see tracks around that. Looked all around but no luck. She could have been watching me from hiding. I will keep praying.

      • Cindy
        November 24, 2011 at 7:42 PM

        I was down in that same area sometime around 3 or so. That culvert that carries the rain water into the pond is open. Shined the flashlight in there and but it was empty. Marriot also. Lots of evergreens to lay under. All around both sides of Pilot Knob. Across the bridge and all around that Rasmussen College area. Left well after it got dark hoping I’d see her walking again. She’ll poke her head out soon.

  9. Yvette Hatfield
    November 24, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Thinking of you and lady this Thanksgiving. I have shared your story on the pekenchin Facebook page hoping to bring awareness and help you out.
    And PekenChin Rescue.

  10. November 24, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    I’m amazed at how much you are thinking of others in the middle of all your worry and searching, Mel.

    If karma is a fact, Lady should be home soon.

  11. November 24, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    We are thinking of you and praying that Lady comes home soon. Stay strong, she will need you when she gets home.

  12. starbail
    November 24, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Mel, very nicely said.
    I so wish I could do more than pray for Lady to make it home quickly and safely. You are in my thoughts. Sending you hugs, pets for Daisy and Jasper and another big prayer for Lady. My pups send many tail wags, and barks too.

  13. November 24, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    I still have a good feeling that Lady will be found! Hopefully on such a quiet day, she might have a better chance of getting closer to the live traps!

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