They say that a dog is a man’s–or woman’s–best friend for a reason. There’s nothing like the bond between a dog and their person. Some people will do whatever it takes to make sure that bond is never broken. At least that’s what one Washington woman did when she lost her beloved pup.
After she lost her dog during a vacation, a woman quit her job to search for her for 57 days until she found her.
In July, Carole King, from Spokane County, Washington, went on vacation with her husband and their 7-year-old border collie Katie in Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana. King and her husband went out to dinner on July 20 and returned to their hotel room only to realize that Katie was not where they left her. King suspects that the thunderstorm that night scared the dog, and she escaped the hotel room out of fear.
“Oh I can still feel it,” King said to NBC Montana. “I got a stomach ache.”
Right away, King and her husband immediately began searching the hotel grounds, but they had no luck finding Katie. King decided to continue her search and stay in Montana. “You love your dog so much, and you just have hope,” King told NBC Montana. “You know she’s out there searching for you. You can’t give up.”
Soon the days turned into weeks, and King continued her stay in Montana.
She even quit her job as a postal worker so she could devote her time to the search.
A hotel clerk helped her create a flyer and post it in a local Facebook group devoted to animals, and soon word about Katie spread. More Facebook groups about Katie sprung up, and strangers would let King know about possible sightings. King also put up over 500 flyers and used night-vision goggles to try to find her pup at all hours of the day and night.
There were days I was just crying because I couldn’t find my dog, and then some stranger from Kalispell texted me saying ‘hey,’ talking to me, encouraging words.
Finally, after 57 days of searching for her dog, King received some good news.
A man reported seeing a dog that looked like Katie in his backyard. King went to his neighborhood to search and soon she was reunited with her beloved Katie.
I just bear-hugged her; I wasn’t going to let her go. Tears were flying, we were screaming, everybody is high-fiving, hugging each other. People are stopping in their vehicles, getting out and hugging us. I think the whole neighborhood knew that we found her.
Katie had l0st 12 pounds and was dehydrated, but she’s expected to make a full recovery now that she’s reunited with her family.