LOST PET RETURNED TO CAMPER
NEW JERSEY VISITOR SAYS SHE’S GRATEFUL FOR KINDNESS
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a lost dog story -- with happy ending -- written by Susanne Warfield of Ridgewood, New Jersey. She was visiting Rawlings in Brunswick County when her 4-year-old German Pointer was spooked by fireworks on July 4th and was lost for 10 days.
We had been on the road since June 25th enjoying our Virginia vacation, hiking and camping in Shenandoah National Park, and finishing it off with a weekend of scuba diving at Lake Phoenix in Rawlings.
It was turning into a beautiful evening, and we had just finished dinner, when the unexpected happened. A “test”
4th of July firework spooked “Harry,” his collar broke, and he bolted into the woods.
Harry is a 4-year-old German Pointer. I adopted him in February.
The next two days were spent traversing the woods surrounding the quarry, thinking he’s just lost or worse – hurt with a broken leg, or badly wounded from running into a razor fence. Calling his name, over and over, there was no response.
I started distributing “LOST PET” flyers, and back in New Jersey, I had someone calling local shelters, getting Harry posted on Virginia Lost pet websites and social media, calling local vets and pet hospitals within a 50-mile radius.
I met Karin Runion distributing flyers, and she instantly offered to help search. I had been walking several miles in each direction calling Harry’s name, so I was hoarse, tired, and extremely grateful of her offer to drive me back to the campsite.
Karin spread the word with neighbors and friends to keep their eyes out for Harry and post the flyer on their Facebook pages.
Kimberly Lowe joined the search on her 4-wheeler looking for Harry in the back woods surrounding the quarry.
Five days went by with no sightings, no calls, nothing. I was devastated!
Kimberly, Karin, and another neighbor, Esther Armistead, continued to help me with the search, taking time from their families and work.
I stopped at Dinwiddie Fire Station and met Thomas Long–a dog owner himself– who immediately shared the flyer on his social media account. I thanked him for his assistance and continued on my way, posting more flyers and talking to people working in their yards -- sharing my story and asking them to call if they see Harry.
Ten days had gone by, so tired and discouraged, I drove back to New Jersey.
Then at 6:30 the next morning, I received a call that Harry was spotted on Harpers Road in McKenney. I was able to reach Thomas to ask if he was close to the address and, within 45 minutes, Thomas had found Harry!
I want to take this opportunity to thank the community for their support and taking their time to help a total stranger find her pet. Your kindness and generosity will always be remembered.