Tuesday, March 29, 2011
My brother, Mark, does not have any children. However, he has two dogs, Lily and Daisy, Jack Russell Terrier mixes and both rescues. These are his children. Because Lily was a rescue, she is very shy around anyone other than Mark, or his partner, John.
Several weeks ago, one Thursday morning, John was walking both dogs in downtown Seattle near Western and the viaduct, when they were set upon by two other dogs, whose owner could not hold them back. Both Lily and Daisy slipped out of their collars and went running. John was able to grab Daisy but his last sight of Lily was of her running up the off ramp to the viaduct and heading south. That would be the lower level of the viaduct, which is pictured below being repaired after one of our earthquakes:
John called Mark in a panic. Mark was at work in the operating room at the hospital (he's an anesthesiologist), and Mark found a physician to sub in for him, and he and John went searching for Lily on the viaduct. Someone had seen her heading off to the industrial part of Seattle south of downtown, so they, together with neighbors and relatives from John's side of the family, began a sweep of SoDo that lasted Thursday, Friday and part of Saturday. I had just returned from Hawaii and had just had an infusion, so was not able to help in the field. As a result, I participated by assisting Mark by putting an ad with a very generous reward on Craig's List, and by listening to both Mark and John as they went through this very traumatic event for them. It is a very desolate area where Lily was thought to be, with 16 wheelers all over the place, and dozens of railroad tracks blocking traffic. But the group was indefatigable, placing signs, knocking on doors of warehouses, factories, and even a sweat shop once! Mark and John were in the industrial part of Seattle at 3am both Fri and Saturday mornings. And then getting up at 5 or 6 am afterwards to resume their search.
On Saturday, Mark increased his already generous reward on Craig's List five fold. And then at 11 a miracle happened. A young man, on his way to Tully's (the old Rainier brewery) on the west of I-5, saw an exhausted dog shivering on the doorsteps of a vacant office building. He took this picture with his phone camera: