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Jul 29, 2012 1:39 AM by Jacqui Heinrich

Dog lost in Waldo Canyon Fire reunited with owner a month later

Abram Faith was driving home after a night of camping near Rampart Reservoir when he took a turn for the worse-- literally. "We took a last turn too quick on the dirt road and the car toppled about 3 times," Faith says.

What he didn't realize was that his luck was about to bottom out; while checking the condition of his two dogs trapped in their smashed kennel, Sandy, a mixed breed of a golden color, escaped. "When I opened the door Sandy girl just split from the cage, just jetted from the cage." Faith recalls. He spent hours trying to track her down, until he was pushed out of the area. The Waldo Canyon fire's flames were creeping ever closer.

Faith waited anxiously to see if the road where Sandy was lost would reopen, posting photos of the dog on Facebook and Craigslist and emailing animal control officials in the meantime. He thought he had reached a dead end until Angie Davis, a shelter volunteer at the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter, gave him the phone call he had been waiting for.

"I had been looking for her for three weeks, ever since the incident, ever since I was told she was missing, I had been looking for that dog," Davis says. Davis lives near the area where Sandy was reported missing, and had been checking shelters and surrounding streets whenever she had time. While walking through rows of cages one day while volunteering, she spotted Sandy and reunited her with her owner. "She came alive and her whole body wagged. It was awesome."

Faith says at one point he was convinced Sandy was gone forever; after all, she was found about twelve miles from where she was lost, and spent a month surviving in an area consumed by flames.

Faith is now thanking Davis and other Humane Society personnel for their hard work in locating his best friend, and urging other dog owners to microchip their pets.

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