Devoted dog owners who feared their pooch would be stolen after jumping through during a walk and disappearing for 10 days turned into animal detectives – and eventually tracked them down with a doorbell surveillance camera.
Office manager Meghan Savage, 29, was devastated when two-year-old Pomeranian Aurora – one of her three pooches – went missing after being scared by another dog when her brothers took her away.
Determined to get her back, they teamed up with her husband, Mark, 29, an occupational health advisor, and even camped in a tent for two nights in hopes of finding her before using a home security device and carefully placed trap to get one End of your wandering dog’s adventure.
Meghan from Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland, who also has two Yorkshire terriers, 10-year-old Coco and 4-year-old Belle, remembered the moment when Aurora was finally found and said, “When I showed her bushy tail saw “On the doorbell video, I wanted to cry.
“We were so concerned, and feared the absolute worst, that it feels like a miracle to finally have her back.”
The ordeal began on September 23 when Aurora was taken for a walk by Meghan’s brothers.
She said, “Coco and Belle are both older pups and very lazy, but we feel guilty about leaving Aurora at home all day while we work because she ends up climbing the walls.
“So sometimes my brothers come over and take her for a walk.”
But unfortunately Aurora escaped on this occasion when she was startled by another dog.
Meghan said, “I returned home at 4pm and received a call from one of my brothers who said that Aurora slipped her collar and fled after another dog barked at her.
“She had sprinted at least a mile into the country and he didn’t know where she was.”
Meghan jumped into the car and headed straight for the local field where her beloved pooch was last spotted.
She said, “Mark came to me there after leaving work early to help look for her.
“We were out until midnight, calling her name, and wandering around. I was devastated.
“We went home and went looking again the next morning. I couldn’t bear to go home that night, so we camped in the field. “
They camp in a tent for two nights before sleeping in their car in the field for the rest of the week. The couple went out of their way to find Aurora.
“It was too cold to sleep outside,” said Meghan. “But I couldn’t leave the area. I’ve never tried so hard to find anything in my life. “
The elusive Pomeranian was spotted in the area several times during the week, but no one who saw it caught it.
Meghan said, “Part of me was scared that someone would see them and instead of handing them over, they would steal them.
“It was always in the back of my mind.”
As the days went on, Meghan became more and more worried about her beloved pooch.
She said, “Everyone who looked for her has seen her at some point, but she escaped before we could even approach.
“There were up to 20 people in the search party every day who helped us from neighboring towns.
“At some point we found a pile of bones and I feared the worst.”
She added, “Mark and I took them to the vet, but luckily they were identified as rabbit bones.
“After that, during the various sightings, we found that Aurora was racing between three different fields, so we decided to set a trap in the area where she was sighted most often.”
Meghan set up a large cage in the corner of the field in the trap, leaving salmon on a metal rod that would trigger the door to close when entered.
She said, “I cut up my clothes and put them around so she could smell me. I hardly have any clothes left because I cut up everything I could get my hands on.
“When we set the trap on October 2nd, no one had seen Aurora for four days.
“We were beside ourselves with worry.”
Knowing Aurora was unlikely to show up while people were in the field, the couple went home and left a ring doorbell security camera set up to start recording when they sensed movement.
Meghan said, “It was agony. Every few hours my phone would blink with a notification from the camera, but I looked and it was just a strolling past.
“The next day I was just getting out of the shower when I realized I had another video message to watch.”
She added, “I got no hope, but when I clicked the video my heart jumped when I saw my little fluff ball sniffing around the cage.
“She went in and there was a solid 10 seconds of just praying that she would set the trap off.
“When the cage door finally closed, I jumped into action.”
When Mark returned from a grocery store, Meghan met him in the driveway.
She said, “We just threw all the food on the grass and drove into the field.
“When we got there, Aurora whimpered in the cage, her feet were all bloody from being in the wild for 10 days.”
She brought the adventurous pooch home and was finally reunited with her four-legged family, Coco and Belle.
Meghan said, “The other two were really excited to see her, but I think she was still shocked.
“She lost about half a kilo, which is a lot because she initially only weighed three kilos, so we feed her little and often to build up her strength.”
She added, “She howls and cries a lot at night which we think could be trauma, but we wrap her up with lots of love and cuddling.
“We now call her Aurora the Explorer, after the cartoon character Dora, because she is our little adventurer.
“We’re just going to make sure she doesn’t find herself on other expeditions.”
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