Coursegold, CA – A dog lost for nearly a month has been found. Koni, a young Belgian Malinois, went missing from her home in late October.
Koni had recently been adopted and before she could establish any type of bond with her newly adopted family, she slipped her collar and bolted. She went missing near the entrance of Yosemite National Park – those searching for her feared the worst.
A domesticated dog lost in the wilderness is likely to succomb to either the elements or wildlife predators. But Koni’s story has a happy ending – the young dog was smarter than her rescuers gave her credit for.
Though Koni is somewhat underweight, and is suffering from a sprained foot, she is otherwise in remarkable shape for the length of time that she has been gone. It turns out that Koni had found a home, not far from where she was lost, about 2 weeks ago.
The home that Koni discovered was occupied by an older man and his small dogs. Though Koni is a dog that suffers from a lack of confidence – naturally shy and timid – she was smart enough to know a good thing when she found it.
Rather than running from the man and his sons, she stuck around, enjoying the availability of food and companionship. Enjoying the safety of shelter and humans instead of running into the forest and taking on the elements and wildlife alone.
A huge rescue effort had been underway for the lost dog. Koni’s prior rescuer, Stephanie Shelton of the Montana German Shepherd Rescue, even made the long trek from Montana to California in an effort to help find her.
Those involved in Koni’s rescue scoured the area – contacting law enforcement, notifying local radio and television stations, and posting fliers. Finally one of those fliers paid off.
One of the rescuers came across a man walking down a rural road – she handed the man one of the fliers and asked if he had seen the dog – the man had the answer that everyone had been waiting to hear – not only had he seen Koni, but he confirmed that she had been hanging around his own house for the past 2 weeks.
Needless to say, the rescuers were ecstatic to discover that Koni was alive and well. Several things had transpired that prevented her return to the original adoptive family.
Instead, Koni is being adopted by one of the people that was involved in her search and rescue mission. According to Teri, the woman that runs the rescue that adopted out Koni, the new adopter is a perfect fit for the spunky young Belgian.
She’s traveled a very long way to find her forever home, and we’d like to thank each and every one who kept her in prayer, and took time to forward her info and updates. Hallelujah!
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