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Thanks for helping us find our dog Mulligan

September 14, 2018
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

Our 5-year-old black Labrador, Mulligan, experienced an episode of seizures and a loss of his normal behavior. He took off from our home and was missing for 89 hours. This morning we received a phone call from a telephone number from the Netherlands. Not in a million years were we expecting to hear the man on the other end of the phone say, "We have found your pup." He and his wife were staying in Wilmington at the Hardy Road Beaver Creek trailhead, and Mulligan showed up beside their van/tent, looking for food and home.

We utilized social media, contacted local authorities, area animal control officers, local veterinary offices, humane societies and shelters. The assistance we received and the outpouring of kindness from others, some we have no idea who they were, was unbelievable. Without giving names for fear we may forget one, people came to search the woods, drive roads, go house to house, place handbills, make phone calls, send text messages, share our posts on social media, give useful tracking tips for this situation, send prayers - this list could go on and on.

We truly believed that Mulligan was not coming home, and we were doubtful that we would ever know what happened to him. This couple visiting our area saw one of the handbills posted at the trailhead. Mulligan showed up beside their tented van after eating food and water that someone had left there. Talk about an answer to prayers and the gift of help from our community at large. If not for these unselfish acts of genuine human kindness, I would not be sitting here writing this letter of gracious thanks!

We will probably never know where Mulligan's 89-hour journey took him, but for us it gave a lesson. Some wonderful people make a difference in the world. They give of themselves to help another, and for that, we are truly thankful. To the voices on the many phone calls, the writers of the multiple sticky notes posted on our back door of where you had searched, the hands behind the computer sharing the posts, the people walking the highways, the drivers driving the many roadways and those sending prayers, we offer our sincerest "thank you!" Two words just do not do justice to the generous acts of kindness we witnessed.


Bill and Paula McGreevy




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