To some people, losing their pets can be devastating news similar to like losing a beloved family member. That was why Carole King decided to quit her job to search for her lost pet dog when it went missing last July.
Carole who is from Washington State shared the moment when she and her husband realised that their 7-year-old Border Collie, Katie, went missing on a vacation near Glacier National Park in Montana
In an interview with The Columbian, Carole said that she went out for a meal with her husband and left Katie in their hotel room on July 20.
Unfortunately, Katie managed to leave the hotel when they were outside.
“It was devastating. I got sick to my stomach,” she told the newspaper.
According to Carole, the hotel clerk saw Katie leave the hotel but it was already too late when Carole asked about the dog
“I said to the clerk, ‘Please tell me you have my dog.’ The clerk says ‘No, she left about four, four and a half hours ago,’”.
The couple then ended up spending the night searching for Katie but a thunderstorm could have probably scared Katie away, causing her to end up miles away from the hotel.
For the next two months, Carole spent her days putting up fliers around the area, posting on local Facebook groups for missing pets and knocking on doors
Carole and her husband even used cameras and night-vision goggles to search for Katie. Eventually, Carole quit her job as a postal worker so that she could stay in the area to find Katie.
Luckily, after 57 days of relentless searching, Carole received a tip from a man in the neighbourhood, saying that he saw a dog that matched Carole’s description for Katie.
Carole then went to the neighbourhood the next day and with the help of a couple who was strolling in the area, she managed to reunite with Katie again
“She was right there in the bushes, she ran out, I yelled her name and she came right out to me,” Carole told HLN
“I just bear-hugged her; I wasn’t going to let her go,” Carole 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 neighborhood knew that we found her.”
Katie lost 12 pounds and was severely dehydrated when she was found but now that she is back with her family, Katie is expected to make a full recovery in no time.