I knew this weekend would be emotional however, I did not think it would end up being this bad. My heart is heavy & my stomach is in knots– Sophie ran away from her new home on Saturday afternoon & has yet to be found.
If you’re new around these parts, Sophie was the pup that we had been fostering since the end of November. She was finally adopted & this was supposed to be her first weekend in her new home.
We had scheduled to meet up with a friend of the lady who adopted Sophie as he agreed to drive her down to Kansas City. After packing up all of her things & taking way too many pictures with her, we dropped her off with the guy who was getting ready to leave Omaha. You could tell that she was very nervous with him but then again, she has been nervous with just about everyone that comes in contact with her. It was tough to see her go, especially since the day started out like any other & she had no idea what was happening to her. But, I knew she was going to a good home as the lady already has another Beagle plus she would have a lot more time for Sophie than we did.
Around 2:00, I received a call from the lady & the first thing she says to me was “I have some bad news”. My stomach flipped & my heart sunk. We had just dropped her off around 10:15 so my mind immediately went to thinking they were in an accident or something (KC is about a 3 hour drive from Omaha). She went on to tell me that Sophie bolted from the car when they got to her house. I was leaving the library at the time of the call & I had to sit down on in order to continue talking to her because I was just losing it. Like not hysterically crying but I was asking her a million questions & trying to give as many suggestions as I could.
I called our foster coordinator about what we could do, especially being 3 hours away. Since the rescue has several contacts in Kansas City, I posted to the Facebook group & thankfully they were able to share it on many of the Lost Pets pages on Facebook for the KC area. Two of the KC fosters even went out & tried to help find her! The last sighting that they had of Sophie was her entering a wooded area on Saturday afternoon so they went in there with lots of food but no luck.
By Sunday morning, they still hadn’t heard anything. That’s when it hit me the hardest. It’s hard to not let your mind go to the worst case scenario. She’s so incredibly skittish & does not trust people right away. Not to mention the fact that she would always hide under our table or in the bathroom whenever she was nervous. We figured that she would be hiding out somewhere & would stay away from traffic/people at all costs. Sophie was an outside dog before we had her so I’m sure she knows how to find food & water. I just hope that she ends up in an area where someone sees her or is able to catch her. They mentioned setting up a trap of some sort in the area where she was last seen but I’m not sure if they ended up doing that.
I am typing this at 10:30 on Sunday evening & haven’t heard anything all day. I am thankful for social media & all of the Facebook groups dedicated for lost pets. The rescue recently had a foster dog go missing for a WEEK & was eventually found thanks to Facebook. I’m trying to be hopeful in the sense that maybe the same could happen to her. In a way, I’m glad she ran away while she was in the city where there are people rather than along the side of the interstate in the middle of Iowa or Missouri.
Cross your fingers that there is at least a sighting of her SOON. I can’t even imagine what is going through her mind right now & how scared she must be.
Go hug your pets a little tighter everyone.