Dog on the Move

‘We would have liked a win’ — Misplaced canine present in Lincoln after two years lacking


By Jenna Thompson

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    LINCOLN, Nebraska (Lincoln Journal Star) — Two years in the past, Daybreak VanArsdale and her father misplaced their furry finest buddy.

She visited her dad’s home in Ashland one November day in 2020, as she had accomplished numerous instances. There, her father’s beagle combine performed, chased birds and picked up stray sticks he discovered laying within the grass from daybreak to sundown.

However the lovable canine didn’t come again from his romp across the property this time.

They drove round on the lookout for him, posted his image on Fb and prayed for his secure return.

Hours glided by, then days, and it appeared as if their loyal canine had vanished into skinny air.

When the primary winter with out him rolled round, VanArsdale was certain Spook — named for his stealthiness that usually caught his household abruptly — wouldn’t be coming dwelling.

“He’s been our household canine,” VanArsdale mentioned. “All of the grandkids grew up with him, so it was fairly devastating.”

VanArsdale works as a canine groomer for Superior Veterinary Care in Lincoln, the place she interacts with pups all day. Each time she heard a stray had are available in, she caught herself questioning if it is likely to be her previous pal. Nevertheless it by no means was.

She was certain that if he was going to show up, he would’ve already. It was time to maneuver on.

“We had just about given up hope,” she mentioned.

However then, one thing unusual occurred at their sister clinic, Belmont Veterinary Heart. Earlier this week, somebody walked into the middle with a splotchy, skinny, black-and-white canine.

A girl dropped the pooch off, saying that she discovered him by a dumpster having a seizure. Veterinary assistant Kea Riley took the pup wrapped in a blanket and examined him instantly.

He was in tough form — coated in sores and starved.

“He was dehydrated, he was tremendous skinny, and he had excessive hair loss on his shoulders and again due to some actually horrible fleas,” Riley mentioned. “He had a seizure, and we gave him some anti-seizure meds immediately and tried to maintain him calm till we might discover any individual.”

Riley did what Belmont does with all canines who are available in with out house owners: snapped an image of the canine and uploaded it to their Fb web page and several other lacking pets Fb teams, hoping the proprietor would possibly simply occur to see it.

VanArsdale’s boss noticed the put up and thought she acknowledged the canine, however VanArsdale thought it was virtually too good to be true.

It was onerous to consider it was Spook; not solely had it been so lengthy since she’d seen him, however he regarded drastically completely different. He was half his weight, and his as soon as darkish, downy hair had turned powdery white in some locations. Regardless, VanArsdale determined it was value testing.

“As quickly as he heard my voice, he perked up and was making an attempt to get out of the kennel to come back to me,” VanArsdale mentioned.

The pup remembering her was proof sufficient for each VanArsdale and Riley, and after an emotional reunion within the clinic, he went dwelling.

The timing of Spook’s return couldn’t have been extra welcome, VanArsdale mentioned. Her father lately had a stroke and is battling by the arduous technique of restoration.

“God knew we wanted a win,” VanArsdale mentioned.

Nevertheless, there have been just a few issues VanArsdale discovered odd in regards to the scenario. She questioned the way it was doable {that a} canine might fly beneath the radar for 2 years and magically reappear. She speculated that he ought to’ve been discovered or killed lengthy earlier than then.

Plus, the Belmont workers agreed that his nails have been too lengthy for a canine on the run. Most strays have quick nails due to having to be on their toes a lot. The atrophy of his again legs made it seem to be he might’ve spent a while in a kennel. However Riley mentioned she’s undecided what occurred to Spook, and all she will be able to do is speculate.

VanArsdale mentioned she thinks somebody could have taken him.

Regardless, she’s joyful to have him again. His battle is way from over, although; he arrived on the vet in dire form. His seizures are getting extra frequent, and VanArsdale mentioned he wants extra therapy earlier than he’s within the clear.

The 13-year-old canine wants fixed care in the intervening time, racking up a hefty vet invoice. VanArsdale arrange a GoFundMe to assist pay for Spook’s medical companies.

It doesn’t matter what occurs, VanArsdale and her father are simply grateful for a bit extra time with their long-lost finest buddy.

“I’m joyful that we discovered him. I’m unhappy that he’s in such dangerous form,” VanArsdale mentioned. “Even when one thing goes dangerous and we are able to’t repair him, not less than he’s dwelling and round everybody he is aware of and loves.”

VanArsdale stunned her father with Spook on the hospital the day after his return. She mentioned her dad was so happy to see the pup that it introduced him to tears.

“Dad really mentioned after he noticed him … that he and Spook have been each gonna get higher and go dwelling collectively,” VanArsdale mentioned.

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