She’s 13-years-old, just 22 pounds, and a little hard of hearing. Middi, a
dachshund mix belonging to Libby Carstensen, is also lost.
The black canine, with gray on its face, stomach, paws, and tip of its tail, has been missing since Friday, Aug. 14, when it dug out from under a fence at a location just off State Route 163 in Lake Township. It is the longest time Carstensen, 20, has been without her dog.
“She slept with me every night,” said Carstensen, who adopted Middi nearly 13 years ago when Carstensen was just eight-years-old.
Back then, her brother, who is two years older than she, got a puppy, which prompted Libby to ask her parents for one, too.
“My mom took me down the road and there was just one puppy left, which had worms and was kind of ugly,” she fondly recalled. “My mom asked if she could get me a Pomeranian instead. I said, `No. I want this one. And her name is Midnight. She is mine.’ So I brought her home and made huge puppy eyes at my dad. And he said, `Alright. You can keep her.”
Middi’s on thyroid medication, and is unlikely to come if called due to some hearing loss, said Carstensen.
Carstensen has posted fliers with Middi’s photo throughout the area in hopes of finding the dog she used to play hide-and-seek with at her house.
“We sent fliers to all of the dog pounds and posted them in the neighborhood, visited all the dog pounds, and listed her on Toledo Petfinder,” said Carstensen, of Bono. “I’ve been biking every day, up and down the roads, in between my house and 163, just looking in the ditches, to find her. I don’t want to find her there, but just in case.”
Middi walks at a good pace for an elderly dog, said Carstensen.
“She’s a really good hunter so I think she could at least find some food. But I’m still worried about her. I’m hoping that she’ll have that wonderful dog `homing’ instinct and find her way home,” said Carstensen. “She travels well and is sprightly for her age. She used to run with me when she was a little bit younger and I didn’t run quite as far. There’s about 16 miles between my house and where she got lost, so it would be a good trot for her.”
Middi, she added, has a mild temperament, though she is a bit skittish around strangers.
“She’s real sweet and calm. She barks a lot, and is kind of a scaredy cat when it comes to people, but she’ll curl right up in your lap, or sit by your feet,” said Carstensen.
So far, Carstensen has not received any tips or leads in response to the fliers.
“It would just make my day if anyone who has seen her would call me. She’s never been far from home. I just want her back.”
If you have seen Middi, or know of her location, please contact Carstensen at 419-836-1115 or 419-343-2113.