Amy Rogers’ little dog, Sass, who went missing Thursday, was reunited with her grateful family Sunday morning, thanks to help from dozens of Farmington residents and Farmington Police.
Sass was found near Winding Trails, several miles from where she was lost in Unionville and halfway to her home on Mountain Road.
Here’s Rogers’ account of the reunion:
The kids were told she was missing this morning at 8:00, with plans for a search party to gather at our house at 8:30, so the kids could be part of a group effort and know we were doing EVERYTHING we could. I got a call at 8:15 from a man whose wife had just gotten a coffee at Starbucks and seen the flyer. On the way home, they spotted Sass walking along Rt 4. They did a great job of coaxing her to them on the steps of the Merrill Lynch office on Melrose Ave, across Rt 4 from the turn off for Winding Trails, but she bolted at the last minute. They called me and waited for me to get there. Tony followed with the kids. By the time we got there, the Farmington Police were also on the case. Ron, a resident along that stretch of Rt 4, explained the network of dirt roads behind in the woods by the river, and joined in on his ATV. We split up, the kids going with Tony.
Ten minutes later, they rounded a corner calling her, and Tony spotted her face in the bushes. He froze, knowing she's skittish with men, and urged the kids to call her. They did, and she came right to them, accepting a treat and dancing all around. Tony had to remind the kids to grab her collar, they were having such a reunion! Once they did, he approached and picked her up. They called me on my cell, and I raced back to find them all. She was smelly, covered in burrs, and full of licks and wiggles. The pads of her paws are raw, not surprisingly, and her behavior suggests she just has all around body aches.
She is now home, bathed, free of burrs, has a tummy full of chicken, and is lying about. Pretty low energy, but not conked out. We'll take her to the vet for a full check-up tomorrow, but I think it is safe to say she will be fine.
If I weren't so exhausted I would write an eloquent expression of my overwhelming gratitude. But I am, so all I can muster is to say that there simply are not words. Everyone involved in the search, collectively, held my children's hearts in our hands, and not a drop of their tears was shed. Simply amazing.