An Army soldier’s lost dog was tracked down after it had been missing for two months in Colorado.
David Powell, an active serviceman, was distraught when one of the two dogs he was fostering for other military personnel escaped from his house.
“It’s just like she’s disappeared into thin air,” he told ABC 7. Powell had signed up to foster 1-year-old Lola, who escaped, and another dog, Apollo, who also escaped through the same hole in the fence but soon returned.
Powell said he was feeling really bad because the dogs belong to Herman Haynie, who is on deployment to Iraq; Powell signed up to foster them through a website called Pact for Animals.
“I feel awful,” Powell said. “Sorry. I mean, here’s a gentleman on his 5th tour of Iraq. He puts his life on the line for us, and I’m here trying to help him out, and I’ve lost his dog.”
Powell pleaded for help from the public, hired a pet detective, and took other measures to try to track down Lola.
Just a few days ago, he finally succeeded.
Powell told KDVR that he received a call on Aug. 4 from Save This Life, a pet microchip company, which was alerted after someone took Lola to a veterinarian about 15 miles from Powell’s home in Denver.
Powell was sent Lola’s information and hopped in his car to go pick her up.
“I knew it was her,” Powell said. “It was just kind of those dark eyes and just the way she … her demeanor and stuff, like, that’s Lola.”
He said he emailed Haynie immediately.
“He was ecstatic,” Powell said of Haynie’s reaction.
“It was just by email but it still, it was such a huge relief for him. Since she’s back, I’ve gone along the fence and if there’s any gaps, I’m digging down and shoving rocks under the fence to make sure there are no more gaps. I can’t go through that again. It’s just too heart-wrenching,” Powell said.