When their beloved dog went missing, one couple from Washington state really went the extra mile to find her.
What's the story?
In mid-July, Verne and Carole King took their dog Katie, a 7-year-old border collie, with them when they travelled to the Flathead Valley in Montana. Unfortunately, while they were there a storm rolled in. It spooked Katie, who bolted out of the hotel room while Verne and Carole were out. They came back to find that she was gone.
According to the Seattle Times, the front desk clerk at the hotel informed Carole that the dog had "left about 4, 4-and-a-half hours ago."
The next 57 days were spent in an all-out effort to find Katie. The night Katie went missing, they searched late into the night around the hotel, and continued to search throughout the following week. Then came the ads and posters. When 37 days had passed, they started organizing teams to help search for her. They bought traps, game cameras, and even night vision googles.
Carole even quit her job at the post office to focus on finding her canine companion. She said that she never lost hope. "I just know she was out there looking for me," Carole told ABC News, "and I wasn't gonna give up. No matter what."
Time dragged on, but on the 57th day after Katie's disappearance everything changed.
The Kings were handing out flyers when another couple asked if a dog sitting under a nearby tree was the one they were looking for. Miraculously, it was.
"I just bear-hugged her, I wasn't going to let her go," Carole said, according to the Times. "Tears were flying, we were screaming, everybody is high-fiving, hugging each other. People are stopping in their vehicles, getting out and hugging us. I think the whole neighborhood knew that we found her."
Although Katie was thinner and dehydrated, her vet expects her to fully recover.
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