A few weeks ago, a boy living in Forest Park in Rusellville, realized that his two dogs had nudged the front door open and had gotten loose. After trying to find them on his bicycle, to no avail, he called his mother, who was in Bowling Green at the time to tell her what had happened.
Molly and Gypsy hadn’t ever really gone far away from their home before. They have gotten out a time or two, but usually just paid the neighbors a visit and then returned home. But this time was different, because they were no where to be found, and the idea of them being lost started to sink in for the Foster family, who loved those dogs as members of their family.
When Amy Foster got home that evening, the family took one more sweep through the neighborhood trying to find Molly who was adopted from the Logan County Humane Society and Gypsy, another shelter rescue.
“We couldn’t find them anywhere,” said Amy, who said the dogs live inside the home.
When it started to get dark, the Foster family’s concerns turned into fears for their dogs. They had never been gone this long before. Amy took her children to Wal-Mart to buy gas for the car and flashlights to begin the night time search. They weren’t going to give up and the sun setting wasn’t going to be a deterrent.
While in Wal-Mart at the check-out, a friendly conversation struck up between the store clerk and one of Foster’s children who told her they had lost their dogs. The clerk quickly told the family that two dogs had been inside the Wal-Mart that evening and wondered if they could possibly be the same.
After describing Molly and Gypsy, it was deducted that indeed, they were the same dogs that strolled into the Wal-Mart that night. Forest Park is only just down the road from the store.
Unfortunately good news quickly turned into bad, as the Foster family found out at the Customer Service desk that the policemen that had shown up to handle the dogs, gave them away to a customer in the store.
Amy says she was told the policeman tried to call animal control, but could not get a hold of him. Animal control works from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. and only responds after hours to emergency calls. Amy contacted the policeman, who she said told her he thought he recognized the man that took the dogs, but unfortunately, that too, lead to more disappointment when they weren’t sure.
The night turned into the next morning and the Foster family still didn’t know where their dogs were. Amy began putting up fliers all over town and took some to local veterinarian’s offices. She said both dogs were wearing collars and Gypsy even had her rabies tag on. Molly had been micro-chipped and it was the Foster’s hopes that the people who had them would figure out where they belonged.
Later that next afternoon, the Foster’s got a call from the police, who brought the best news, they knew where Molly and Gypsy were.
Amy jumped in the car and went to a residence just outside of Lewisburg, several miles from the Foster’s home. A kind lady, who had been told the dogs were missing, called the police and told them they had showed up in her front yard.
When Amy got to the lady’s home and opened the car door, she said Gypsy jumped right in.
“They were so happy to see us,” said Amy, adding that they were happy to see them too.
Amy says she can’t thank the lady enough for calling the police when she found the dogs. Despite being so far from home, they stayed together. She says she thanks the police as well for being so diligent and taking the time out of their busy schedule to help unite their family.