Saturday I went out of town to trial on IPO with Akela. Diabla bit the fence on her kennel, on a corner I hadn't noticed it was rusty and escaped from home. For what I know, she was playing with neighbors at around 11 AM, but when one of them wanted to do jogging she invited Diabla to go with her and Diabla didn't want to follow too far from home and returned on her own. That was the last time anyone saw her. Other neighbor who is building his house next to mine arrived at 2 PM and never saw her, not even close to home nor did any other neighbor. I live in a rural area, with few houses where everybody know her and where she lives, without many cars passing by and surrounded by forest that Diabla knows better than her own bed and without large predators. If she was in the area, she should have been able to return on her own long ago.
She is the most social dog you'll ever meet and will bring you sticks to throw at her without knowing you, so I think someone must have taken her, I want to think believing she was lost, so my hopes are that sooner or later they'll see the media or the flyers that we (because my friends have been at my side) have put in all the city and they'll return her.
I always said that if a dog of mine was ever lost I'd remove the earth to find it, but never knew how far it would be until I had to. The coverage has been humbling, hundreds (I lost count when it reached the thousand) shares of her picture on FB and Nº1 Twitter trending topic in Chile that Saturday. First thing I did was go to the police station to ask for help, but of course it is not on their duties to search for lost dogs, then yesterday members of my team when to the communication central, the news reached the officers and now they are actively looking for her. It is on the news at regional and national level and just now I'm back from an interview with the regional TV.
This is hitting me hard, hardest than anyone may think, most of times I'm not sure if I'm sad or just very, very tired. You know Diabla since before I got her so I hope you can understand something of it, from all the things I've done with her, from when I had to move and picked her daily at my uncle's home to have her in the car with me all day, from when we moved from Atacama desert to Patagonia, from SchH training to SAR training to certification until her first search. I suppose that after all you deserve to be updated.
All in Spanish but some may understand something anyway:
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