What would you do if your beloved pet disappeared? Would you scour the streets? Would you hand out leaflets? Would you quit your job? This devoted owner did just that when she realised her beloved Border Collie was missing.
By, 28 Sep 2019
Carole and Vernon King took a weekend break to Montana with their 7-year-old Border Collie, Katie. While there, a huge thunderstorm broke out and spooked Katie, who managed to escape from her owner’s hotel room. What happened next is sure to be the basis for a Hollywood movie one day!
As soon as they realised that Katie was missing, Vernon and Carole searched for her to no avail until 4am. They scoured the area until the darkness meant they should call it a day. Next morning they printed out 500 flyers and handed them out around the town and of course shared the plight on social media, too.
A dedicated search
When Katie was not found, Carole put in for leave from her job to continue the search. When her leave request was denied, Carole simply quit. Such was the importance of the search for beloved Katie.
She told the New York Times,
“Katie was just more important to me, I just said, 'I'll finish this week, and that's it."
Then after 57 days of searching, Carole received a tip off that a dog matching Katie’s description had been spotted in a neighbouring town (the people had previously received flyers about her disappearance). She rushed to the town as quickly as she could, hoping against hope that the tip off was genuine.
A joyful reunion
Despite Katie having lost 12lbs and being severely dehydrated, Carole knew it was her straight away. She said,
"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 neighbourhood knew that we found her."
What a brilliant end to the tale. We look forward to watching the Hollywood adaptation one day soon!