Home for the holidays – Local pup doggone lucky to have lots of friends
By Bev Davis, Register-Herald Senior Editor
It was a doggone good ending to six harrowing days for a 6-month-old golden retriever, her owners and a host of friends. A day after Elaine Bliss and Don Klingensmith got Myah from a local breeder, the puppy escaped into some thick woods in the Harper Road area.
Bliss had taken the dog out for a walk and was almost inside her home when the pooch had all the excitement she could stand and bolted. “She wrapped her leash around my ankles several times and was able to pull hard enough to get her head out of the collar, and she was just gone before I could get untangled,” Bliss said.
For 12 hours, she and her husband and five or six friends scoured the woods that are thickly matted with underbrush. “There is nothing but multiflora rose and blackberry and raspberry bushes in there. We took loppers and pruners with us, but we got cut to pieces anyway,” Bliss said. “We saw Myah several times, but she was still so afraid of people she would rather die out there in those woods than come to us.”
Her friend Mary Beth Lee had adopted Myah’s sibling. When the dog had been gone more than 24 hours, Lee came up with an idea that helped bring a happy ending to this story. She found a stuffed dog and rubbed it on her pup, hoping the familiar scent would help coax Myah into a crate with food, water and a blanket inside.
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