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Kathy Wilkes-Meyers never guessed what she was about to encounter on this fateful night, nor what this random encounter would lead her to...
It had been an uneventful summer evening, and Kathy Wilkes-Meyers decided to stroll down a quiet country street. She was enjoying the solitude when suddenly she spotted a dark shape lurking at the side of the road in the woods.
Approaching with caution, Kathy found it was a dog, in fact a Rottweiler, drinking water from a ditch. When Kathy got a closer look, the dog ran over to her, wagging its tail and staring at her intensely...
The female Rottweiler was covered in ticks and fleas, but Kathy knew it wasn't a stray. "I could just tell right away she was somebody’s baby," explained Kathy. The dog wasn't timid; she was just pleased to see her rescuer. However, the truth of what might have happened to leave the Rottweiler in such a state, saddened Kathy...
Considering the dog's condition, Kathy decided to take the Rottweiler to a nearby shelter, where they checked her health. Apart from the ticks and fleas she gathered, the dog was only malnourished and tired. After getting careful care, the Rottie's health began to bounce back in no time. But when she took the dog home, Kathy realized that something was wrong…
Even though she was healthy and rested, the Rottweiler was still strangely anxious. The moment she woke up every day, the dog wanted to get out of the house, returning to the woods where Kathy had found her. Kathy realized that there was something the Rottie wanted her to find.
When Kathy returned to the site with the Rottie, she found the first clue to the mystery: a piece of broken glass, a tail light on the side of the road. Then Kathy had a flash of insight. She remembered there had been a bad car accident, which had been so serious that it had made the local news. Kathy felt like it was somehow connected with the abandoned dog.
Kathy’s instinct had been correct. The abandoned dog had not been abandoned at all, but a member of the family whose car had crashed. She called the police and was told that she was right. Now she had to find the family.
Soon after Kathy found out some more details about the family involved in the crash. Michelle Kelly and her husband Joe, along with their three children, had been taking a drive together with the family dog, Ella. Michelle Kelly hit the breaks, and it caused their car to swerve out of control and slam into the side of a mountain.
Based on the information she discovered, Kathy assumed that there was no way the family could have survived. But according to the locals, nobody thought the dog would have survived either. Yet here she was, alive and looking for her family. Kathy decided to call the highway patrol.
Kathy learned that the rescue team had arrived to care for the family after the crash. Meanwhile, the dog had apparently been thrown from the car, and was never found by the rescue team! She spent the next 13 days and nights in those woods. But why had she stayed?
Ella wandered off for 13 days, alone and frightened. By the time she came back to the crash site, her family was gone. She spent her time in the woods scrounging around for any items that smelled like her lost family. Once Kathy got close enough to the area, Ella pulled her into the woods.
The courageous canine led Kathy into the woods and there was a pile of random belongings that appeared to belong to Kelly’s family. They were mainly personal items: a comb, toothbrush, razor, and a candle. Deep down, the dog knew she would be reunited with her beloved family despite her loneliness. Unfortunately, Kathy didn’t know for sure if any members of the Kellys had survived the accident.
At the time of their woodland walk, Kathy had no idea who the family was. All she had was the items Ella had collected. So Kathy looked through the personal items for anything, any tiny clue that might lead her to find the poor dog’s family...
While picking through the items, Kathy found a notepad with an insurance agent’s name on it. She looked him up, and he helped the woman find the Kelly family. Now all she could do was to pray that the family had survived the horrible accident.
Fortunately, Kathy’s optimism didn't fail her. Someone had survived the accident, the entire family in fact. They had been pulled from the wrecked car and were taken to hospital. Now it was time for poor Ella to finally go home. Could the dog reunite with her family safely?
The Kelly family, who had spent two weeks believing that their beloved dog had died in the accident, were overjoyed with a slobbery surprise at her return, and Ella was happier than Kathy had ever seen her. Unfortunately, their reunion was marred by some gloomy news.
The bittersweet reunion was due to the medical expenses incurred by the Kelly family. Due to the amount of debt they were in, the family was relocated to a place where dogs were not allowed. Thankfully, Kathy rescued Ella once again, agreeing to hold onto Ella for as long as they needed until they could get back into stable housing again!
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