March 28, 2019
Nellie is a a special dog that had gone missing on Thursday afternoon, March 21. She actually had no home at the time, at least not quite yet.
She has a history of being homeless. Apparently she was out on her own for a while until she was brought into the Woods Humane Society of San Luis Obispo County, California, and placed for adoption.
The staff there characterized her as "shy", but I wonder if they really meant apprehensive (anxious or fearful that something bad or unpleasant will happen). Whatever the case, Nellie seems quite docile when confined, but as I learned, not so much when not confined.
A kind man adopted Nellie, she is a beautiful little dog. After some paperwork, Nellie was off to her new home about forty miles north of the facility in the city of Paso Robles. If only Nellie knew of the good life ahead, yet she is apprehensive.
As Nellie arrived at her new home to be, she jumped from the car before anything could be done. She runs, and keeps running, then runs some more. She left the residential neighborhood, crossed through the city streets, across US 101 and headed south out of town all within a couple of hours during commute time through heavy traffic. Her last known position was on the south end of the city between the freeway and the Salinas River. And then it got dark.
Nellie's new owner did all the right things. Communicated Nellie's plight on social media, Craigslist, put up posters, reported her as "lost" to the local animal services agency, and actively searched for her, among other things.