Deb Hahn and her family last week were frantically looking for Bella, their seven-year-old Lhasa Apso that went missing from their yard in the 7000 block of Corduroy Road on the evening of June 22.
“We’re not sure how she got out, but she somehow got out of the yard. She’s always been in a fenced in yard. Even when we’re out with her, she’s never run,” said Hahn.
“She’s a family pet and she is very attached to the family. We went door to door all around the block, which is a four-mile block. One person thought they may have seen her running with another dog, but I can’t imagine that that would have happened,” said Hahn, who had posted fliers around town with Bella’s photo, and had contacted the Lucas County Dog Warden, and the Oregon and Toledo police departments in her effort to find her dog.
The family was already reeling from having to euthanize their pet cat when Bella got lost.
“We had to put our cat down because she had a blood clot. We got her almost at the same time we got Bella. They were the only two pets we had. My children are 14-years-old and 19-years-old, and they are just devastated.”
She and her children combed through a 15-acre cornfield near their backyard, but came up empty.
“Bella could have gone into the cornfield and got disoriented,” Hahn told The Press last week. “And that’s my biggest fear – that she came out somewhere from the cornfield and has no idea where she is.”
Apparently, that’s where Allan Shenefield, who lives down the street from Hahn and next to the same cornfield, spotted the dog on Wednesday.
“I happened to be looking out the back window of my house today at my dog in the fenced in part of my yard, and I seen Bella on the side of the cornfield,” said Shenefield. “I thought, `Well, whose dog is that?’ I tried to catch her because she had a collar on but she wouldn’t come to me. Being the little thing that she is, she bolted into the cornfield and I couldn’t find her in there.”
He learned that Hahn was looking for her dog and he contacted her.
“She described Bella. I told her I believe I found her but I couldn’t catch her. They came out, called her, walked through the fields, and found her. She had a few burs in her fur and she was kind of dirty but was in good health,” he said.
While Bella was lost, Shenefield said the dog could have gotten water from a bowl he leaves in the yard for his cat. He said he was about to leave some dog food out as well if they couldn’t catch her.
It’s good to see she was found in once piece. As little as she is, there’s a lot of coyotes here, not to mention people fly down Corduroy Road like it’s a dragway,” said Shenefield. “I told Deb she got very lucky.”
Hahn said she is fortunate to have a neighbor like Shenefield, who cared enough to track her down.
“I can’t thank him enough,” she said. “Thank goodness Bella was recovered.”
She took Bella to her veterinarian immediately afterwards.
“Her front paws are raw from running through the brush in the cornfield, and she lost about three or four pounds, but other than that, she’s ok,” said Hahn, who believes the dog stayed in the area because it could hear them calling for her every day. “Right now,” said Hahn, “Bella’s completely exhausted.”