FOUND: Mandy, Missing Since Car Fire, Reunited with Owner

Kirkland residents spotted Mandy Saturday morning and kept track of her until her owner could be brought to the scene.

Mandy, the dog missing was found by local residents Saturday morning near the site of the accident, and apparently is in good health, though she is on her way to be checked out by a veterinarian, said pet rescuer Jim Branson.

Mandy's owner, an elderly gentleman with no family in the area, has been relying on community support to help find the flat-coated retriever.

The community came out in a big way, organizing searches and reporting numerous sightings of the shy dog. Bitterly cold temperatures over recent days added to the concerns for the senior pooch.

Branson said Mandy was seen about 5 blocks from accident site atop Finn Hill, near 138th and 72nd.

"We got a call this morning of a sighting on Holmes Point Drive. Lots of people went down and kept track of where she was" until her owner could be brought to the site, Branson said. Mandy came right to her owner, and was taken to the vet for a checkup.

Branson, of 3 Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue, has been operating a Facebook page dedicated to helping find Mandy and working with local volunteers.

MEOW Cat Rescue  volunteer Marilyn Hendrickson said she was out with searchers after the call came in this morning that the dog had been sighted on Holmes Point Road, and that Mandy, though thinner and soaking wet, appears to be in good health and was thrilled to be back with her family.


Jeanne Gustafson January 26, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Thanks Marilyn, for adding these great photos of Mandy being reunited with her owner and "sister."
Marilyn Hendrickson January 26, 2013 at 08:52 PM
I just added 20 photos of the wonderful reunion. We are so thankful for everyone who came out to help! We're waiting to hear how Mandy's vet visit went...we'll keep you posted!
Greg Johnston (Editor) January 26, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Unbelievable Marilyn, thank you! We talked about this yesterday, remember? I feel foolish now for not holding out much hope, but you never gave up!
Denise Cannon January 26, 2013 at 10:11 PM
HOORAY!!!!! I am so very happy to hear that she is back with her family. Kudos to all who have worked so hard to spread the word and get her back home!!!!!!!!!
Matt McCauley January 26, 2013 at 10:53 PM
This news makes my month! Kudos to all who made this happen!
Kim Shay January 26, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Thank you so much to everyone who prayed and searched for this baby, especially my friends Irene and Marilyn! This is just the best news!!! Kim
Marilyn Hendrickson January 26, 2013 at 11:40 PM
As someone else said, Mandy had an angel watching over her. We understand that she lost 12 pounds and has some sore pads, but otherwise appears to be in pretty good shape. Big sigh of relief!
Jeanne Gustafson January 26, 2013 at 11:45 PM
So glad she's ok, Marilyn, and thank you so much for helping us get her story out. What a great community this is to keep hope alive for Mandy. She's obviously made of sturdy stock.
Michelle Spohrer January 27, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Wonderful news!!!
Dan January 27, 2013 at 01:29 AM
Now that's what you call a community coming together! Glad I live in Kirkland with my 2 dogs because if I know one went missing Kirkland residents would step up! Animals mean a lot to many owners, don't know what I'd do if I lost one of my dogs!
Adam Groff January 27, 2013 at 04:06 AM
Great news
Janice Richardson January 27, 2013 at 05:21 AM
So Happy for Mandy!
Jan Hlavaty-LaPosa January 27, 2013 at 09:07 AM
Love the last picture of Lady in the back of the SUV with a big smile for Mandy! Thank you everyone. Made my day!


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