Golden retriever's vanishing act

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Photo: Susan Hadley cradles Shilo a few days after her returned home after being missing in the Pecos wilderness for three weeks.

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steve spraitz

Rio Rancho, NM

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Jun 20, 2010
 

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pure luck.

i had one stolen from under me.no leash

he was used for Pit Bull 'BAIT' years ago
littlepup

Albuquerque, NM

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Jun 20, 2010
 
Welcome home!
Brendalyn

Santa Fe, NM

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Jun 20, 2010
 
I celebrate Shilo's homecoming and the love the two of you share, Susan! Thanks for the reminder that a leash is always a good idea.
Rio Arriban

Chimayo, NM

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Jun 20, 2010
 
Great story - Glad things turned out the way they did...
Barb

Albuquerque, NM

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Jun 20, 2010
 
Susan, I'm so glad Shilo is back home with you. And great job, Shilo! Thank you to all the angels watching over everyone to bring him back home safely.
Richard Atkinson

Santa Fe, NM

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At the Public Lands Information Center, I constantly urge loving dog-owners like Susan to keep their beautiful animals on a leash in the wilderness. No matter how well voice-trained a dog is in town, owners have no opportunities to train their loved ones around bears, cougars, cattle, even carrion. When confronted by something totally new and startling in the woods, these dogs are naked as babies to the situation and have, functionally, no training at all.

I am so glad Shilo was found, Susan. Everybody, for your dog's sake, keep 'em on a leash.
Jennifer Marshall

Albuquerque, NM

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Jun 20, 2010
 
This is a beautiful story. Truly amazing dog and owner. The fact that this dog survived with mountain lions in the area and had never hunted himself is astounding. We cannot know all of the circumstanstances that lead up to the reunion but I wanted to thank the journalist and the New Mexican for reporting this. This is great news.
holly

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Jun 20, 2010
 
What a wonderful article about your heart rending and harrowing experience. Paula kept me informed and I thought about you so often during your ordeal. As the owner of several Goldens over the years I could relate even more knowing how gentle and innocent their spirits tend to be. I'm so happy for you both!
Rocky Casillas

Santa Fe, NM

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Jun 20, 2010
 
What a great story to read in such times like this. We love our dogs and wish more people could discover that special bond with their pets. Congrats to that couple for checking out the situation, to the owner, volunteers, and to her doggie. If only dogs could speak!
Dave

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Incredible story! I'd love to know the details of the 3 weeks -- Penny for your thoughts Shilo?
irene garden

Placitas, NM

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Jun 20, 2010
 
yes, miracles happen. little, big, gust of the Divine Presence in ALL.
I am happy for both of you to be re united.
Helen

Albuquerque, NM

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Jun 20, 2010
 
i'm not a genius..but it sounds like he back tracked to that dead animal carcass. that would have been the first place to back track to..and you should always have your pet on a leash in the wilderness. richard makes an excellent point. but in any case, i am glad he is home.

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Jun 20, 2010
 
Wonderful news. Excellent thinking on Kay Rice's part to tell Shilo to sit, stay. Richard is 100% right about having your dog on a leash.
Dawn

Albuquerque, NM

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Jun 20, 2010
 
Hooray for Shilo! Susan, I'm so glad he's home, and that you know now that miracles do happen. I believe in the synchronicity of the universe, and in grace. Shilo's safe return is validation enough. I know you're holding him close, now, and that you're feeling so much gratitude. I, too, appreciate the humans who supported you and worked so hard to find Shilo. I need to hear good news about people like this to counter the despair I often feel about humankind. All of you wonderful people who supported Susan, who didn't dismiss or belittle her trauma because it was over a pet, I salute you, and I feel there is hope, yet, for the rest of us to become better people. And Susan - you are a great dog owner; you are always so careful and protective of Shilo. The fact that he was still in good shape after 3 weeks makes me think it's because you gave him such a good, loving, healthy life. Bravo to both of you. And Adobe sends his love and says he's ready to walk with Shilo whenever he wants.
Bev Dana

Stone Mountain, GA

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Jun 25, 2010
 
What a wonderful dog story.

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