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A Happy Ending to a Nightmare

A happy reunion story from this year's Cynosport World Games.


One of the best parts of agility competition is traveling to new places and making new friends. We also take every precaution to keep our dogs safe when we travel. We research the best vehicle, the best crates, create emergency contact information for them, the list goes on.

Then our worst nightmare happens. Somehow, one or all of our dogs accidently escapes from our vehicle or the show grounds.

Hours pass and we get reports of sightings, but no luck finding our beloved family member.

Were overwhelmed with grief, anxiety and the generosity of friends and strangers who come to our aid to help search for our lost dog.

On the second to last day of Cynosport 2015, Stacey Breckel from Louisville, KY unfortunately had this nightmare come true. All three of her shelties somehow escaped from the crating area and were gone.

Fortunately, she was able to find and secure two of her three beloved dogs, but her youngest, Andromeda, was nowhere to be found.

As word got out among friends, nearly 20 competitors and friends stepped up to help find Staceys lost dog.

One of the many people who came out to help was Elizabeth Evans. According to Stacey, Elizabeth did everything under the sun to help get her beloved dog back including making flyers, posting them in the surrounding area and providing encouragement and support throughout the day.

The amazing part was Elizabeth and Stacey were total strangers before this happens. Elizabeth didnt think twice about jumping into action to help. She believes in paying it forward with the belief that if this situation happened to her, the agility community would do the same for her if one of her dogs ever got lost.

Elizabeth spent all her free time helping Stacey, and it paid off. Just before dark, one of the many Lost Dog signs posted throughout the surrounding neighborhood of the facility resulted in the call everyone had been waiting for all day. A neighbor called saying they believed Andromeda was on their property but was too scared to come to them.

Stacey called Elizabeth and together, they rushed off to calm Andromeda and coax her to safety. It took nearly an hour for Andromeda to relax enough to realize Stacey was with her and she was safe once again.

Thankfully, Andromeda is safe and sound with Stacey again with the assistance of many agility friends new and old, but especially Elizabeth.

Elizabeth says she wouldnt hesitate do it again tomorrow. She believes her faith and prayers played an important role in reuniting Stacey and Andromeda.

Stacey has no words to describe the roller coaster of emotions she experienced throughout this ordeal, but is grateful for her family, friends new and old and the entire agility community for their help in bringing Andromeda home safe and sound.

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