The following was submitted by Anne Stetson, the owner of Snap.
This is a story that has just about everything in it – a gentle dog who has been lost for weeks in the WoBurWil area, her loving and broken-hearted family, and a community brought together across neighborhoods and even towns to help get Snappy home safely. Incredible Journey and Homeward Bound – watch out! – now we just need a happy ending and we are bound for Hollywood.
On a beautiful late summer day on September 6 – five weeks ago – Snap, a four-year-old Weimaraner (looks like a taller and skinnier version of a Labrador retriever, but gray-brown) -- disappeared from the Burlington side of the Mill Pond Reservoir (owned by Woburn, Burlington, and Wilmington -- or WoBurWil). Another dog’s aggression scared Snap, and the dog walker who had her off-leash lost control of her.
Since then, neighbors in the three towns ranging from young mothers, children, letter carriers and postmasters, a former State trooper and his stunning Friesian horses, the leaders of Spence Farm (Woburn), an auto body expert who knows the woods like the back of his hand, police officers, joggers, churches, and dog and animal lovers everywhere have come together to help find Snap and get her safely home.
Snap’s human mother, Anne Stetson of Cambridge, says the only way she has made it through the worry and heartache of these last weeks is thanks to the kindness and generosity of strangers now friends who have rallied around her and her family to help find Snap.
“We are in Burlington, Woburn, and Wilmington every day now looking for Snappy, and not a day goes by without practical help and moral support flowing from the neighborhoods. So many are praying for Snap – we just know she will come home. This is a tremendous community.”
Stetson and her family and team are moving heaven and earth to find Snap and are working with the Animal Rescue League and Granite State Dog Recovery, as well as with a private animal recovery expert and the animal control officers throughout the region. They have hired bloodhounds to track Snap’s scent, ridden horseback and bikes throughout the reservoir in hopes of seeing her, hiked the woods at odd hours throughout the night, and secured helicopter surveillance of the area. Through it all, it is the power of the community and all the eyes of WoBurWil that they believe will bring Snap home safely.
“We have met amazing people throughout the WoBurWil community and once we have Snap back, we are going to have a big party to thank everyone,” says Stetson, who works with foundations and non-profits.
Snap has been sighted in all three of the WoBurWil towns, as well as in Reading. If you see Snap, please call Stetson immediately at 617-256-8772.
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