Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Daisy, chocolate lab

Injured dog reunited with owner after rescue from muddy creek
By Chris Dyches
Aug 28, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - An injured 13-year-old dog has been reunited with her owner after getting lost during a storm and being rescued from a muddy creek.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Animal Care & Control, officers were called to the 6600 block of Wannamaker Lane in Charlotte morning around 9:13 a.m. on Saturday.

A neighbor spotted the dog in distress and called 911.

When the Charlotte Fire Department Station 24 and Officer Keisha Martin got to the scene - they found Daisy, a chocolate Labrador Retriever, stuck in the mud in a creek.

They were able to safely rescue Daisy from the creek and took her to Animal Care and Control where she was examined by vet staff. Officers say she was dehydrated and exhausted, but seemed to be in good health.

On Monday, Daisy's owner - Tim Schoenig - was reunited with the rescued pooch.

Officers say Daisy's tail was wagging when she was reunited with Schoenig, who he has owned Daisy since she was 8-weeks-old.

Schoenig says Daisy apparently followed his roommate's "much younger and more adventurous" dog out of the gate that was accidentally left open sometime on Saturday morning.

Schoenig said he was grateful to all of the people who helped save Daisy.

Daisy left the shelter with a new microchip and Schoenig said he was going to buy her a new collar with an id tag.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sasha, rottweiler

Volunteers Help Transport Long-Lost Rottweiler Cross-Country to Owner
Alexis Shaw
August 20, 2013

A cross-country road trip spanning eight days, 24 different stops and 17 different drivers helped to reunite a woman with her Rottweiler that apparently had been stolen from her five years ago.

Jennifer Koczan, of South Bend, Ind., never again expected to see her dog, Sasha, after she was taken from her home in 2008. But when she got a voicemail from an animal shelter in Phoenix asking her to call back to speak about her dog, she was "flabbergasted," she said.

"I was kind of like, 'I haven't seen her since 2008,'" Koczan told "I went into the specifics that I came home from work one day and she wasn't there. I guess it had been so long, it didn't occur to me that she was still my dog."

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At first, Koczan told the shelter she didn't know how soon she would be able to get Sasha, but it didn't take her long for the gears to start turning when she was told she only had five days to pick up her dog.

Immediately, she started calling everyone she knew in Arizona to see how far they lived from Phoenix, she said. Her friends in Casa Grande, Ariz., offered to help her out and pick up Sasha before the shelter's final deadline.

During her search, she was put in contact with Kindred Hearts Transport Connection, a nationwide animal rescue and relocation organization, which offered to put a plan in motion to help her bring Sasha home, she said.

Charie Rexroad, a spokeswoman for the organization, said a post was put up on the group's Facebook page seeking volunteers from across the country to help reunite Sasha with Koczan.

Thanks to the organization's volunteers, Sasha's journey from Phoenix started on Aug. 10 and involved 24 different stops along the way, Rexroad said.

The 8-year-old Rottweiler traveled through Arizona, New Mexico and Texas before spending a week near Oklahoma City. She then moved through Missouri and Illinois before reaching South Bend on Aug. 18, she said.

"[For older dogs], being in the car is really difficult. They have no idea what's going on. They meet someone new every hour," Rexroad said. "When it's a really long drive across the country, we try to do a week-long foster somewhere."

The journey required 17 different drivers who put in hour-long shifts or more in the car, helping Sasha get back to Koczan.

When Sasha arrived Sunday in South Bend, Koczan said, she "didn't expect her to remember me or react to me at all."

"We've had separate lives for five years," she said. "Who knows what she's been through?"

But once she saw Koczan's car, it seemed as if it was all coming back to her.

Koczan said as soon as she brought Sasha back to the house, "she was like, 'I've been here before, I know all of these people.' She kept looking at me with a look that said, 'I know you. I know I know you.'"

Sasha and her owner have spent only a day getting reacquainted, and already she seems to be settling into life with her old owner, Koczan said.

"It's like a blessing and a second chance," she said. "She's at the end of her life and now she'll live it out in peace. She won't have to worry about being fed or where she's going to live. That part of her life is done."

The Arizona Humane Society, which first contacted Koczan about picking up Sasha, was "constantly in contact" with Koczan to reunite her with her Rottweiler, spokeswoman Bretta Nelson told

"We do everything we can to get these owners back with their pets," said Nelson. "We want to make sure that pets get picked up because we are so full this time of year."


Monday, August 19, 2013

Kerie, Australian Cattle Dog

Lost dog reunited with owner
Rebecca Mar, Mercer Island Reporter Reporter
June 19, 2013

An afternoon of play at Lincoln Landing did not turn out the way that it was supposed to last summer on the Fourth of July. Claudia Ebling was throwing the ball for her dog, Kerie, when fireworks exploded in a neighbor’s yard.

Kerie, 7, is an Australian cattle dog and labrador mix.

“I turned to throw the ball, and she had just vanished,” Ebling said.

The dog was nowhere to be found until the next day, when an unknown man picked her up along the I-90 floating bridge and brought her to the Mercer Island Veterinary Clinic.

Kerie’s microchip, it turned out, was still registered to previous owners who had surrendered her to the Seattle Animal Shelter, where Ebling had adopted her three years prior.

The veterinary clinic contacted the former owners, who reclaimed the dog.

Ebling would spend the rest of the summer trying to get her dog back.

“My best comfort was, I remembered those ‘Lassie Come Home’ books that I grew up with,” Ebling said.

Ebling tracked the former owners to Lynnwood. They claimed that the dog had bolted into traffic and had been killed on the Bothell-Everett highway. But Ebling knew that couldn’t be true.

Ebling finally contacted the police.

A Mercer Island resident of 15 years, Ebling grew up on a large farm in Palouse, Wash.

“My best friend was always a dog,” she said.

She raised her family on the Island, then divorced and moved to Seattle. An artist who specializes in textile restoration, she taught elementary art at Seattle Country Day School and the Northwest Art Center in Bellevue. Kerie was her class ‘model.’

A Seattle police officer contacted the former owners, who agreed to relinquish the dog.

“Thank goodness the dog knew me,” Ebling said. “The dog had really gone through trauma.”

Ebling has since returned to Lincoln Landing with Kerie and her other dog, a Bichon named Leilo.

Kerie still loves to chase after balls at the landing, Ebling said. But she will be keeping the dog indoors this Fourth of July.