Persistence paid off for the owners of a 7-year-old border collie named Katie, who found their beloved dog 57 days after their departure to a wilderness area in the state of Washington.
The dog was found by Carole King on September 15, when the owner responded to a Katie sighting and later saw her in the shade of a tree in a part of Kalispell.
& # 39; I just hugged her, & # 39; said the happy owner The Spokesman Review.
Katie was found by Carole King (both pictured above) on September 15, when the owner responded to a Katie sighting and later saw her in the shade of a tree in a part of Kalispell
A video that has become viral on the internet shows an excited Katie who cries herself when she comes home.
Carole and her husband Verne, retired law enforcement officers from Los Angeles who now live in Deer Park, celebrated their tearful reunion with Katie after almost two months of searching for the dog.
Katie was missing in July from a Kalispell hotel room where she had been left alone and believed to have entered the wilderness area near Glacier National Park.
Carole, who quit her post as a postman to continue searching, said it was unbearable not knowing what Katie was during her disappearance.
& # 39; Going to bed every night, it was complicated, & # 39; she said to the New York Times. & # 39; Is she hot? Did she eat today? It has torn us apart. & # 39;
A viral video of Katie & # 39; s coming home shows her anxious to be back while she drives a car
Verne King approaches the car when Katie comes home (both pictured above)
A grateful Verne King kisses Katie (above) through the window of a car the moment she arrives after 57 days coming home
Katie had left from a dog-friendly hotel in Kalispell, probably stressed by a sudden storm.
The kings continued to search for her without any evidence that Katie was wounded or possibly dead. As the day passed, they recruited the help of local residents in Kalispell, placed hundreds of flyers on stilts, and monitored the sightings of the animal.
The couple even armed themselves with a night vision and game tracking camera & # 39; s to search for & # 39; night and wore horse manure from their farm in the hope that Katie would recognize the smell.
At one point, Carole had to choose between continuing to search and returning to her job at the US postal service.
& # 39; Katie was just more important to me, & # 39; she told the Times.
Katie was missing from a Kalispell hotel (pictured above) in July after being left alone in the king's room. She may have been shot away from the site by a passing storm
Carole and Verne King, along with members of the Kalispell community, placed hundreds of flyers on utility poles hoping to find Katie. One of the flyers is pictured above
Carole went looking alone so that her husband could return home to look after the other animals of the couple.
& # 39; I'm going home to take care of your brothers and sister, & # 39; Verne wrote in a letter to Katie, referring to their two other dogs and a cat.
& # 39; Instead of saying goodbye, I'd rather say: & # 39; See you soon. & # 39;
About 50 days after the search, Carole admits that she has started to lose hope.
& # 39; I wasn't ready to go, but I thought: what else can I do? & # 39; she told the Times.
Katie came on after Verne persuaded Carole to stay another week, first spotted by a resident in a Kalispell section and later by a couple who saw her under a tree.
An exhausted Katie was dirty, dried out and 15 pounds lighter after she was found on September 15. She is shown above with her owners, Carole and Verne King
Carole ran to the tree and found her dog.
& # 39; I could only think of & # 39 ;, I'm done. I have her, & she told the Times.
& # 39; I cried, I held her, wrapped her in a teddy bear. I couldn't get her in the car fast enough to close her so I wouldn't lose her again. & # 39;
An exhausted Katie was dirty, dehydrated and 15 pounds lighter. She was taken to an emergency veterinarian who burst into tears and heard that she was the dog the entire community was looking forward to.
Carole expressed his gratitude to the population of Kalispell, which has around 23,000 residents. Strangers who found out she was looking for Katie had even been willing to open their doors and allow her to stay with them.
& # 39; We can't believe that community there, & # 39; she said. & # 39; It gave me pure kindness – from a stranger to a stranger. & # 39;
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