Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert to the rescue
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.