Letter: Thanks for help corralling runaway pet

Editor: My wife and I would like to express our gratitude to all the people who tried to help us on  a snowy Friday, Dec. 9 near our home in Walnut Grove. We were dog sitting when our little house guest snuck out the front door.

She’s a rescue dog and is leery of going near most people, so once she gets loose it’s a problem.

Pretty much as soon as she got outside she was off and running, with me trying to catch her. While still just wearing my slippers and no jacket, I followed her south for a block towards 88 Avenue.

As I was starting to fall behind I turned the corner left on to 88th, where I saw many people stopped and trying to help catch our little white runaway.

As I feared the worst, she scurried across four lanes heading towards 216 Street, turning south on her way to Telegraph Trail.

All along the way cars stopped and tried to help. Thank you to the nice couple who picked me up as I was being badly out run. Sorry to the people whose snow-covered fields I had to cut through trying to catch this surprisingly fast escapee.

Unfortunately, by the time I followed her tracks back again to 216 Street, I lost her. Fortunately, as she headed back to 88th, my wife spotted her. Thank you to the kind lady who picked up my wife as they followed this still undeterred dog fleeing north along 214 B Street toward 91 Avenue.

As the getaway artist headed for cover she went down into the ravine with my wife in hot pursuit. Through the creek they went as the chase was nearing its end. Finally our little friend hunkered down under some blackberry bushes where at last my wife was able to corral her. Wet and shivering, she was safe at last.

We would like to express a special thank you to the man in the Telus van, who very early on in the chase started following the little traveller. He helped me follow her into the farmer’s field.

Then, unbeknownst to me at the time, he back-tracked around where he found and followed her all the way to 91 Avenue, along with my wife and the helpful driver.

He made every effort to try and make sure the story had a happy ending, so thank you.

Holly is once again at home, dry, warm and possibly awaiting the arrival of a GPS tracking collar.

Randy & Jen,

Walnut Grove

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