Crossfield residents help rescue runaway pup
Monday, Jan 02, 2012 06:00 am
Dear Editor, We would like to thank the people of Crossfield who tried to help us find and catch our runaway pet on Dec. 19-20. Many were unknown but we would like to acknowledge Jen Fitzpatrick of Tails to Tell Animal Shelter, staff at Critters Pet Shop, Richard Dion, our neighbour Allan Meuniere and Linda Backs.
On the evening of Dec. 19, a one-year-old Havanese pup called Winston, who we were dog-sitting, managed to escape from our yard at 17 Ross Place. He took off down Ross Street to Limit Ave., ran east across Highway 2A, past the cemetery across the overpass and into the yard of the Banks family. Jenn Fitzpatrick saw him in the yard and with the help of Linda tried in vain to catch him.
He then ran south and east into the gully where he was last seen. According to information found on the Internet, one of this breed’s traits is to “run like hell.” After scouring the town we stopped at the Tails to Tell Rescue Center and Jenn told us where Winston was last seen. After searching the gully and the surrounding areas in the dark, we sadly felt that our pup was gone.
We called our son Michael, who came out from Calgary the next morning to help us resume our search, but it was to no avail.
On Michael’s way back to Calgary he saw a little white creature walking along the 2A south of the McCool’s. When Winston saw our son he took off on the run, but Mike eventually was able to catch him in field when the dog became bogged down in the snow.
How he found his way back to the Crossfield area is amazing for such a small pup not used to the country.
Winston was returned home on the morning of the Dec. 20 safe and sound but very dirty, tired and hungry.
The pet store put the word out to many people to be on the lookout for Winston and many responded. For everyone’s interest and help, we are very grateful. A big thanks to all of you.
Joanne & Bud Shackleton, Crossfield