You may or may not have heard that there is a desperate search underway to find a dog missing in our community. Mandy, who is a flat-coated black retriever, her sister Lady and their owner were on their way to the vet Friday, January 11 when they were involved in a fiery crash. Thankfully, there weren’t any serious injuries. Frightened by the accident, Mandy ran into the woods.
There have been numerous sightings, but she is still lost/missing. It has been bitterly cold and foggy for many days now. Lady has barely eaten as she is so upset by the absence of Mandy. Mandy’s owner is 86 years old and isn’t currently driving. He doesn’t have family in the area and is relying on the community to help find Mandy. She was last seen wearing a blue harness.
Jim Branson of Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue has been called in to lead searches. He can be reached at 206-552-0304. Jim encourages people to go out searching any time. It is believed that there may be a better chance of spotting Mandy in the early morning or evening hours, but daytime searches are very much needed too. The more people that look, the better, as long as a few important guidelines are followed:
1. Don't call Mandy's name. She wouldn't come to you if you called her under normal circumstances, and she certainly won't come to you now. Calling her name will probably cause her to run further away. If you see Mandy, please call Jim right away! If possible, do not let Mandy out of your sight.
2. If someone tells you they've seen Mandy, get as many details as possible, including contact information so I can call this person back. The search effort has been hampered by the inability to get details such as time of day, direction of travel, did she still have a harness, etc.
3. If you see Mandy, ignore her, accidentally drop some food or treats, and walk away. Keep her in sight from a distance, and call me at 206-552-0304. I will arrange for her owner and Lady to come to that location as soon as possible. Once Mandy smells Lady, she will come right up to her.
4. When you do go out looking, let us know where you have looked so we don't have people overlapping too much. You can post here or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text me at 206-552-0304.
5. If you would like to print up fliers to hand out, that is great. Please be sure they have my phone number on them. A Facebook page has been set up for Mandy’s search called ‘Find Mandy in Kirkland’ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Find-Mandy-in-Kirkland/315805818535875?ref=ts&fref=ts . Photos, updates and information can be found there. .
Now is the time for our community to band together and bring this girl home, soon!
Marilyn Hendrickson is a transplant from Montana who has lived in the Kirkland area since 1985. She volunteers weekly at the MEOW Cat Rescue shelter in Houghton and enjoys cooking, reading, wine-tasting and spending time with friends and family.