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Jim Day
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Zoey, a husky/shephard mix, was found by its Stratford masters after a two-week search

Zoey’s days on the lam have ended.

A Stratford couple finally caught up with their silver one-year-old husky/shepherd mix after a frantic two-week search.

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Spooked, Zoey broke loose from owners Dave Glennie and Maureen Kerr during a walk in Ottawa. She ran like a bullet, eventually making her way through a hole onto a 2,200-acre fenced in federal property.

The hunt was on.

Glennie says he and Kerr put in about 10 hours a day for the next 14 days trying to corral the dog as it roamed the massive Canadian Food Inspection Agency property with a retractable leash dangling from its neck.

The dog endured some cold nights with temperatures dipping as low as -18 C.

“There must be some built-in survival skills with that breed,’’ says Glennie.

News of the runaway dog created quite a buzz. Many shared concern over Zoey’s fate. Strangers joined in the search.

“I should note that a tremendous amount of public help was given to us,’’ says Glennie.

Earlier this afternoon, the long-sought reunion took place. Sitting in the open field, Kerr caught a glimpse of her dog that she adopted from the Humane Society in Charlottetown in early October.

When Kerr called out, Zoey simply made her way over.

“It looked like she decided it was time to get out of the cold,’’ says Glennie.

“She decided to come and lie down.’’

Aside from gathering a lot of burrs, being tired and losing a few pounds from her already thin frame, Zoey appeared to survive the ordeal relatively unscathed.

Glennie and Kerr were determined to find their dog. They put their life on hold for two weeks to search for their special pet.

“She is quite a sweet animal,’’ says Glennie.

“It was never a question of giving it up…I’m feeling great.’’

Zoey returns home to Stratford with her masters later this week.

 

Organizations: Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Humane Society

Geographic location: Stratford, Ottawa, Charlottetown

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  • Elizabeth
    December 04, 2013 - 00:16

    She loved the winter, would sit out in the snow all day if I let her and man could she run!! Beautiful dog but when she got loose it was hard to get her back but eventually, she'd do just like Zoey did & come back when she was ready!!

  • Gloria Shaw
    December 03, 2013 - 06:34

    So, so, happy for you! I was worried.

  • dog lover
    December 02, 2013 - 21:06

    Awesome!

  • cathy
    December 02, 2013 - 19:25

    so happy for the owners and zoey!awesome!

  • don
    December 02, 2013 - 14:35

    so glad to hear you found your dog. best news i have seen in this paper in a long time.

    • Heather
      December 03, 2013 - 15:42

      I am so happy that you as owners never gave up......I would do the same for my little one!

    • Heather
      December 03, 2013 - 15:46

      Don....must you be so snide...I read your comments a lot and there is always this condescending tone!