For weeks now, everyone at Homeward Bound has been following one family’s desperate search for their golden retriever, Murphy – who was lost at Lake Tahoe in early October during a family camping trip. She bolted when she heard gunshots. Being in unfamiliar territory, she was frightened and quickly lost.
She has made her way to South Lake Tahoe, where she has been regularly sighted near grocery stores, coffee shops and a hospital – likely eating from trash cans. But she is badly spooked, may be hurt, and is not coming to her family or other volunteers trying to aide in her return.
Many of Homeward Bound’s extended family have traveled to the area to assist with the search. As the weather turns, each day that she remains on the run brings bitter disappointment and greater distress.
This is the heartbreaking work of those involved in rescue. Lost dogs; abandoned and abused dogs; sheltered dogs with clocks running out. Sadly, not all will be saved.
This is also the heart-warming work of rescue. Many have traveled long distances to join in the search; hundreds have shared their prayers; thousands have shared the posts with their network of family and friends.
If you live in the area, and can assist, let’s bring Murphy home and write a heartwarming end to this story.