Sheltie Reunites with Owner after Car Crash and 53 Days in Nevada DesertPublished March 5, 2012
New York Daily News
Her other Sheltie, Dooley, ran from the scene.
Throughout her recovery, Bagley knew he was alive. She had a feeling. She sent out a Facebook plea asking volunteers to search for Dooley, and dozens responded, according to an AP report in the New York Daily News.
She was right.
After surviving 53 days in the desert on roadkill and scattered water sources, Dooley was cornered only 5 miles from the crash site by a volunteer on horseback named Shannon Sustacha, and a friend of Bagley's in a Jeep.
"Barbara got next to us and said three times, `You think he'll remember me?'" Sustacha told the AP.
Remember her he did. A tearful Bagley sat in her friend’s Jeep with a sleeping Dooley on her lap just a short time later.
Dooley has since spent a lot of time following Bagely around and putting on some weight. He dropped from 44 lbs to only 22 lbs during his time in the wilderness.
"[Finding Dooley] is a message from my husband, who was looking out for him," Bagley told the AP.
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