Odie home for Valen­tine’s Day

Fine folks brave snow­storm to res­cue North River dog

The Compass - - Front page - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON TC ME­DIA edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Lind­say Par­sons was deeply wor­ried.

Two full days passed with no word about where her dog Odie, a Shih Tzu who went miss­ing Satur­day night, Feb. 11. Know­ing there was some bad weather on the way, Lind­say was des­per­ate to track down Odie be­fore it was too late.

But luck was on the North River res­i­dent’s side. A mes­sage on the Bac­calieu Trail SPCA’s Face­book site posted early Tues­day morn­ing in­di­cated Odie was spot­ted on Birch Hills. A few hours later, Odie was back in Lind­say’s arms.

“It’s amaz­ing how peo­ple in a com­mu­nity come to­gether, and when they do, great things can hap­pen,” Lind­say told The Com­pass last week. “I am so thank­ful!”

Con­di­tions that morn­ing were treach­er­ous to say the least, with heavy snow­fall and strong winds clos­ing schools and busi­nesses all over Con­cep­tion Bay North. Re­mark­ably, Lind­say had oth­ers will­ing to help with the search.

Clarence Wil­son, a Spa­niard’s Bay res­i­dent, and his Ger­man Shep­ard Wilma, both of whom are build­ing a rep­u­ta­tion for track­ing an­i­mals, were out the pre­vi­ous two evenings to help search. They were once again ready to help that morn­ing, as were fam­ily and friends.

The search started at 6 a.m. Odie was lo­cated shortly af­ter noon Tues­day be­tween a grave­yard and the Sil­ver­wood Inn Ho­tel in Bay Roberts.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Lind­say Par­sons gives her Shih Tzu, Odie, a hug af­ter find­ing him Tues­day in the mid­dle of a snow­storm. A group ef­fort lead to Odie’s res­cue.

Odie at home in North River.

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