Summary: We lost Bella for the most horrible 8 hours of our lives.
We went to an appointment in Saginaw and brought the dogs with us in the truck. We cracked the windows and set up their little car fan like we normally do and went inside around 1:00pm. When we came back out to the truck after our meeting about an hour later, Bella was not in the truck.
Bella had squeezed out of the back window and was nowhere to be seen. She had a collar and a microchip but had lost her tags somewhere in Florida that we hadn’t replaced yet. We started a mad search of the surroundings – talking to everyone we saw, enlisting the help of the mailman, the UPS driver, an asphalt driver, and some residents also helped by driving around the neighborhood looking for her. One guy in the building we were in said he saw her go one way, another lady said she had seen her go another. We were just hoping she didn’t try crossing the busy highway!
After about 3-4 hours of searching, we were extremely drained physically and emotionally. I had cried my eyes out at least a dozen times, adrenaline surged with each new resolution to not give up just to crash at each passing hour.
The idea of losing her…of not having her around anymore…was simply unbearable. Had we seen her for the last time? Was this it? Was she wandering around all alone? Would she survive on her own? Would she be bit by a car in this busy area? Had someone picked her up? Would they call her in to the police or humane society or would they just decide to keep her?
The Power of Facebook
- Saginaw Michigan Lost & Found Pets
- For the Love of Louie *Michigan Lost Pet Lookers*
- Undercover Angels Animal Rescue of Saginaw
On that cue, we turned to Facebook.
We posted on lost and found pet pages, humane society pages, and also paid for a Facebook Ad targeted at people in the region. The resulting surge of help was amazing. People were driving around the area helping in the physical search, I had people texting me, calling me, and SO many people shared our story! All told we probably reached thousands of people yesterday!
I had another person find the same post and contact me about the possible find as well. It was amazing how many people had taken it upon themselves to hep look for our dog across Facebook, in groups they were a part of that we would never have found if we were looking all by ourselves!
Within 15 minutes of that “found golden puppy” post I was in contact with the lady, Nicole, who had Bella!
Bella’s Side of the Story
When Bella came out the front door I was really hoping she would be really excited and whimper and be happy to see us. Instead she was like “Oh hey guys, sup? ‘Bout time you showed up.” LOL regardless of her reaction, we were ecstatic and sooo incredibly relieved and grateful.
Nicole had found her just sitting outside of her workplace – which happened to be in the same building complex as where our meeting had been. She hadn’t wandered far at all – in fact we wonder if she had maybe circled the building looking for us, and then just sat down to wait. When Nicole saw her, Bella of course went right up to her.
So, Nicole took her home and posted on Facebook, and you know the rest.
Reunited and It Feels So Good!!
A little More About Bella
We don’t know what “breed” she is, but she looks like a golden retriever puppy. She is normally very long-haired but we trim her regularly in the warm weather months. We estimate her age to be around 9 years old.