Pets aren't just companions that you keep in your home. They quickly become part of the family, making them well-loved by all. Whether you have a dog, cat, or another pet- or multiple different pets, for that matter- you want to do everything possible to take care of them and love them. So if they end up going missing, it's like your child or partner suddenly going missing. If this happened to your pet, how far would you go to find them?
One Washington State woman went so far as to quit her job as a postal worker to find her missing dog- and it paid off. The woman in question, Carole King, traveled to a Kalispell, Montana town to look for her seven-year-old border collie named Katie. Alongside her husband Verne King, Carole spent 57 days- almost two months straight- looking for their beloved dog after she had run away from the hotel the couple had been vacationing at. It's believed she ran away while the couple was off having dinner due to the sound of thunder.
When Katie first went missing back on Saturday, July 20th, 2019, the couple looked all over the hotel grounds well into Sunday morning. When that proved to be unsuccessful, Carole began putting up flyers and posted about her dog's disappearance all over social media. She believes that about 500 flyers went up during that two month search period throughout Kalispell, and the couple even used game cameras and night vision goggles during their search.
During those 57 days of searching, strangers who'd heard of or seen Carole's predicament sent her messages of encouragement via text message or social media. Some went farther by dropping off food for Carole and Verne so that they didn't have to worry about it. It just shows the generousity of others when someone they don't even know is in the midst of a crisis.
After all the time that has passed, Carole received a tip from a man who had seen a dog matching Katie's description in his yard. But when time she and Verne made it there to grab it, the dog had already high tailed it out of there. The very next day, Carole returned to the same neighbourhood with a friend and local residents by her side. She soon found Katie, thus finally reuniting dog and owner together.
"I just bear-hugged her; I wasn’t going to let her go," Carole admitted in an interview recalling that moment. "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."
When Katie was found, it was revealed that she'd lost a total of 12 pounds and was quite dehydrated. She's since been receiving treatment for her condition and is expected to make a full recovery eventually. We're just happy to hear that the Kings were able to find Katie alive and relatively well!