by Hannah Paczkowski
Posted: Dec 31, 2013
December 19, German Shepherds Natia and Sergeant, a mother and son, disappeared after getting through a fence in the yard. Their owner wasn't sure she'd ever see them again.
"I was just frantic, all I wanted to do was get them home!" Stephanie Howell said.
Now, after 10 days of wandering around Lincoln, they're all back together.
Natia was found near 120th and Pine Lake, lost and alone. She traveled 10 miles from her new home and ended up next door to her previous owner, who received a call that the dog was back.
"We went and picked her up, when she saw us she immediately came to us, got her home and just babied her and loved on her," Howell said.
The question remained, where was Sergeant?
Less than 24 hours later, Howell received another call.
"I said well does the dog have collar, and he said 'yeah a nice, big blue one,' and I about dropped the phone," she said.
Sergeant was found across town, near the Havelock Rail yard; skiddish, limping, and about 30 lbs. lighter.
Sam Franklin from the Missing Pet Partnership helped Stephanie get hold of her dogs.
"She used calming signals perfectly, perfectly and Sarg came right to her, it was amazing," Franklin said.
"It was just the best moment for me to get my hands on his collar," Howell said.
After nearly 10 days of Facebook posts, flyers, and searching for her German Shepherds, the family is back together.
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"This is really more about the community's support, it's not about me, it's not about my family, it's about the people that rally behind us, Lincoln is an amazing city to live in," Howell said.