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Dog survives 53 days in wild, reunited with owner

This Feb. 18, 2012 photo provided by Shannon Sustacha shows Barbara Bagley and her Shetland sheepdog Dooley after the two were reunited, east of Battle Mountain, Nev. Bagley says she never gave up hope that her dog would be found alive in the Nevada desert after the animal bolted from the scene of a crash that critically injured her and killed her husband. Dooley was tracked down after surviving 53 days in the wild on roadkill and scattered ranch water sources. (AP Photo/Shannon Sustacha)


RENO, Nev. (AP) – Barbara Bagley says she never gave up hope that her dog would be found alive in the Nevada desert after the animal bolted from the scene of a crash that critically injured her and killed her husband.

But the Salt Lake City woman endured plenty of frustration until her beloved 4-year-old Shetland sheepdog, Dooley, was tracked down Feb. 18 after surviving 53 days in the wild on roadkill and scattered ranch water sources.

“I would think about Dooley constantly,” she said. “There were TV commercials with dogs that made me think about him and cry. He’s just the sweetest dog.”

The Dec. 27 single-vehicle accident on Interstate 80 near Battle Mountain, about 225 miles east of Reno, sent Bagley and her 55-year-old husband, Brad Vom Baur, to the hospital in critical condition. Their other sheltie, Delaney, was killed in the wreck. Dooley ran away and vanished.

Bagley, 48, suffered a concussion, broken ribs, a shattered wrist and two punctured lungs. As soon as she mustered up enough strength, she turned her attention to a search for her dog in the sprawling sage-covered plains and hills of northeastern Nevada.

Realizing what Dooley could mean for her recovery, dozens of Nevada volunteers responded to a Facebook plea for help in looking for him. But the search was canceled before it began after the Jan. 6 discovery of what appeared to be the dog’s remains along the interstate. The same day, her husband died.

“It was a horrible day for me,” Bagley recalled. “But something inside me told me Dooley was still alive out there. I wasn’t 100 percent sure, but I didn’t grieve for Dooley like I did for my husband and our other dog.”

More than three weeks later, Bagley’s spirits were buoyed after a woman reported spotting “a Lassie-type” dog near the accident scene. A subsequent search joined by Bagley turned up nothing, but a railroad crew spotted a dog matching the same description in mid-February in the same area about 15 miles east of Battle Mountain.

Further searches netted a positive identification of Dooley but frustration as well because the skittish dog kept fleeing from Bagley and other searchers. Finally, Shannon Sustacha of Lamoille, who was on horseback, and a Bagley friend driving a Jeep cornered Dooley only five miles from the crash scene. The friend managed to nab the sheltie and put him in the Jeep.

An ecstatic, tearful Bagley arrived at the scene a short time later.

“Barbara got next to us and said three times, ‘You think he’ll remember me?'” Sustacha said. “When Barbara opened the door and looked at him, she said, ‘My beautiful boy, my beautiful boy, you’re home.’ Oh, boy, all of us cried. I knew his adventure in Nevada was over. I also knew he and Barbara could start healing together.”

A short time later, an exhausted Dooley sat on his owner’s lap in the Jeep and fell asleep. He later began following Bagley around.

“I was overjoyed that I was going to have him back in my life. I think he felt the same about me,” she said.

During his ordeal, Dooley’s weight dropped from 44 pounds to 20 pounds. He was once spotted devouring a dead coyote along the roadway. A long bird bone was pulled from his throat by a veterinarian.

Since then, the dog has gradually put on weight and resumed regular walks with his owner. While Bagley is still going through the grieving process over her husband’s death and recovering from her injuries, Dooley’s presence has picked up her spirits immensely.

“He’s the physical and mental affection that I need to recover,” she said. “I owe him so much for the hope I have now and the renewed faith I have in prayer. Dogs are so great because of their unconditional love.”

Bagley, a phlebotomy supervisor at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, also thinks her husband had something to do with Dooley’s safe return home.

“It’s a message from my husband who was looking out for him,” Bagley said. “It was a miracle that we got Dooley. He couldn’t have survived much longer out there.”

Sheltie Day!

Recently it was Sheltie day at Token Creek Dog Park, Madison WI!

Fur heaven for sure Doug!

Cuteness GOLD!

We competed in the inaugural Doggie Olympics 2011—an event to benefit Salt Lake County Animal Services—and Aggie won a gold and silver medal plus the prestigious Best In Show award. There were about 40 competitors. Aggie won the gold in “Over, Under, and Through” and then tacked on a silver medal in “Best Trick.”

Not bad for an 11-year-old girl!

We’ll be back next year to defend her title!Above photos by Gallivan Photography

We can’t wait to hear how she does Ken!

Update on Japan Shelties

Dog-lovers brave Fukushima nuclear danger zone to save abandoned pets

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:29 PM on 14th April 2011

Rescuers have been risking their lives in the nuclear swamp around tsunami-hit Japan’s stricken power plant – to save abandoned dogs.

Thousands of animals have starved to death or been abandoned by their owners after the earthquake and tsunami shattered Japan on March 11.

A 20km exclusion zone was put in place around the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant as deadly radiation spilled into the atmosphere.

Stray: Dog-lovers were so moved by this picture of shelties in an abandoned street in Minami, Soma city, that they braved the nuclear exclusion zone to rescue the pets.

But teams of animal-lovers moved by the sight of a stray dogs struggling to survive have ignored health warnings to scour the deserted wasteland for signs of canine life.

The search began earlier this week when Etsumi Ogino saw a photo of a pack of shelties wandering through an abandoned town and thought of her own 13-year-old pet, Kein.

‘My heart trembled,’ said Ms Ogino, a 56-year-old volunteer at an animal shelter in Chiba prefecture. ‘They looked just like my dog. I started searching for them right away.’

Saved: Volunteers in protective yellow suits unpack rucksacks stuffed with dog food for the pack of shelties after tracking them down.
Relieved: One of the dogs appears tired as it is treated at an animal hospital in Kawasaki, near Tokyo, after being rescued by the group of animal lovers.

She and others contacted the photographer who had taken the picture and others of the dogs in an empty street in Minami Soma city, an area evacuated because of radiation fears.

They were told the address where the dogs were spotted and Ms Ogino relayed the information to a team of animal rescuers called Sheltie Rescue. By then, the group had been getting emails from dog lovers around the country about the abandoned pack.

Through emails and internet research it was established that the owner of the dogs was a breeder in Minami Soma. The group contacted the Fukushima city branch of the Japan Collie Club, tracked the owner down by phone at a shelter and got her go-ahead to rescue the dogs.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, seven volunteers left Tokyo and drove over broken roads and past demolished houses to meet three other volunteers in the ghost town which Minami Soma has become. Some had prepared radiation suits and others wore simple vinyl raincoats.

The first two to arrive found the pack around the Odaka railway station, near the owner’s home, where the dogs had last been seen.

‘They were waiting for their owner,’ said Tamiko Nakamura, a volunteer who went with the group from Tokyo.

The dogs had been left some dry food, and were not starving.

It took a while to entice them with snacks, and six or seven were bundled into each car. The group saved 20 dogs in all.

Most were taken to a veterinary clinic in Kanagawa prefecture just west of Tokyo. Others are being cared for by individuals in other areas.

Abandoned: One of the shelties, still covered in dust and dirt from the earthquake, shivers nervously as a rescuer approaches with help.
Safe at last: A happy sheltie raises a paw after being put into a cage ready to be transported back to its owner.
Recovery: The group saved 20 dogs in all who were taken to rescue centres. The owner of the animals was tracked own and found to be a breeder from the town where they were left.

The owner, worn down by the disaster and worrying about her dogs, was ‘extremely happy’, Ms Nakamura said. She said the owner did not want her identity revealed.

Ms Nakamura only regrets that some of the dogs in the pack ran away and countless others are still stranded in the evacuation zone.

‘There are still some left behind,’ she said. ‘I’m concerned about them and want to pull them out.’


Update: So many people saw this on CNN and other news websites that our Japanese friends have posted the news with an update in English.

Shelties survive the Japanese earthquake & tsunami

In the midst of all the tragedy & horrible images coming out of Japan, amazingly there are two instances of Sheltie hope.

A man holding a dog walks on a street in Kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture on March 12. (AFP/Getty Images)

From the Wall Street Journal:

The massive tsunami destroyed most of the neighborhood in Sendai where Kikushi Kayo and her father live.  But somehow their two dogs, Toya and Melody, survived!

Click the link below to go to the WSJ page:


Many are focusing on helping humans right now, but for those interested, here are 5 ways you can help missing/injured/homeless animals in Japan.

1. Donate to the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support Group.

The Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support is a collaboration of 3 No-Kill animal welfare organizations in Japan; HEART-Tokushima, Animal Friends Niigata and Japan Cat Network. http://japanearthquakeanimalrelief.c…ue-and-support

2. The Animal Refuge Kansai has also set up a fund for their shelters. They’re currently preparing for an influx of animals from disaster areas.

3. The Animal Miracle Foundation & Network is collecting cell phones to send to volunteers.

“We are collecting cell phones to send to the volunteers helping animals in Japan. Many volunteers don’t have phones and need them to effectively communicate with each other.”…16831644993948

4. The Search Dog Foundation is deploying six canine disaster search teams to assist with the rescues. You can find out how you can help on their website.

5. Join the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support Facebook group for up-to-date information on how to help.…9228979?ref=ts