Win­nipeg Lost Dog Alert to the res­cue

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

WE re­cently moved to the St. James area and have been un­der­go­ing ma­jor ren­o­va­tions on our new home.

Our con­trac­tor came into our home with­out warn­ing while we were away and let our dog out the front door. Emma, a res­cue dog, is not the type to run away. How­ever, she was spooked and took off at a gal­lop.

By the time we got home, Emma was long gone. We were dis­traught and feel­ing des­per­ate, as we had no idea which way she had gone.

A friend of mine told me about Win­nipeg Lost Dog Alert. This is an amaz­ing group of vol­un­teers who do­nate their time to find­ing lost dogs.

Within min­utes of post­ing a lost­dog pro­file on their Face­book page, sight­ings of Emma started pour­ing in. Emma had made it down Portage Av­enue, through Assini­boine Park and into Assini­boine For­est, cross­ing Roblin Boule­vard and Grant Av­enue in the process.

Emma is a big stan­dard poo­dle with a thick, black coat of fur. It was al­most 40 C with the hu­mid­ity. She was com­pletely lost and run­ning scared. The trail quickly grew cold, and by mid­night we had to give up our search.

At 8:30 the next morn­ing, the sight­ings started pour­ing in again. We were back on the chase.

We al­ways seemed to be two steps be­hind her. To­tal strangers joined in the search, some jump­ing out of their cars, oth­ers driv­ing down from other ar­eas of the city just to help.

Nu­mer­ous peo­ple spent the next eight hours hit­ting the streets look­ing for her. She fi­nally turned up deep in Charleswood, al­most at the perime­ter, ex­hausted, but no worse for the wear.

We are eter­nally in­debted to the ad­min­is­tra­tors of the Win­nipeg Lost Dog Alert. We would never have found her with­out their help.

I am amazed and deeply moved by the gen­eros­ity of to­tal strangers. Count­less peo­ple spent hours in the ex­treme heat, look­ing for a dog they had never met.

We would like to thank ev­ery per­son who stopped what they were do­ing, pointed us in the right di­rec­tion, up­loaded a sight­ing and helped us to find Emma. With­out them, this happy end­ing would never have oc­curred. sling with my shirt and sat on the ground sup­port­ing me against her for close to 45 min­utes.

What an amaz­ing neigh­bour­hood. At least 25 to 30 ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans stopped to of­fer cell­phones or rides while I sat there. In the mean­time, Betsy was late for a lun­cheon date to cel­e­brate her hus­band’s birthday.

All this care and kind­ness made a very dif­fi­cult day much eas­ier. Thank you so much for your care and com­pas­sion.

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