I witnessed a Peterborough miracle yesterday that was a true testament to the power of social media and community. It started with a little dog named Frankie Fudge who was very recently adopted by my friends Victoria and Kristine and their children. Frankie has had kind of a difficult life so far. She was rescued from bad situation up north were she lived in a house with some 80 other dogs. Frankie is an extremely nervous pup who is full of potential but at this point not very social.
Yesterday, after being in her new house less than 48 hours she bolted out the front door when a delivery person came by. After tracking her as far as she could, Tori posted this to facebook.
While Tori and Kristine continued searching their neighbourhood, the above post was being shared all over facebook and it worked. A tip came in from a woman who saw a scared little poodle in Jasckson Park. That’s when Tori’s brother Ben and I joined the search along with one of their neighbours, Dani Breau.
I’ll be honest, Ben and I did not have high hopes for finding Frankie. As far as we knew, she was a frightened, nervous wreck who was so new to her new family and house that she really didn’t have enough of a concept of home yet to want to be found. In spite of that, we all spread out and started walking the park. Meanwhile, the facebook post was getting around and even strangers at the park assured us when we asked if they’d noticed anything that they were already keeping an eye out for a frightened little brown poodle.
Tips continued to come in. Someone posted this picture of Frankie on a little island in Jackson Creek.
We focused our search on the creek and just as our group came together Kristine actually spotted Frankie. She looked just like she does in the above photo but even more camouflaged. I still can’t believe anyone would have even noticed her. Tory and Ben sprung into action crossing the muddy creek to round her up in the thick brush.
Poor, sweet, lucky Frankie is back home now safe and sound with her family.
She’s been through so much in her 6 years and while she may be reluctant to trust people and let her guard down just yet, I’m confident she’ll get there and realize that she really is safe and loved and finally HOME with her new family and big brother, Toby.