Daphne escaped from her rescue on Tuesday, January 20 and wasn’t seen for days. I received a call on Friday, January 23 to help find her, early Saturday morning I began my search for little Daphne. I hiked for miles through the woods in the snow and tracked her. All that hiking paid off, I spotted Daphne deep in the woods on Saturday and she spotted me too and took off as I knew she would. But, that was perfectly okay with me because I knew she was alive and I knew where she was traveling.
Later that day Daphne tried to give me a heart attack when she was walking down the road into traffic and almost got hit by a pickup truck. The man probably thought I was crazy jumping up and down on the road yelling stop. Thank God he stopped within inches of hitting her.
Later that day I setup two large traps for her with the help of my husband and two wonderful volunteers from Blue Chip. Daphne didn’t go in the traps on Saturday, so I headed back out early Sunday with my husband, Jeff, to see where the little rascal was hiding. We spotted her on the side of the road back in the woods laying down. We decided to move the one trap closer to the area where she was laying low. We setup the trap and as soon as I opened the food, Daphne turned around and came right towards us…until she knew we where there and then she took off again.
We decided to take a drive down the road and we saw Daphne eating something next to a burn barrel. I thought I know she isn’t going to come to me no matter what I do, but that I was going to get out of the car and see if just maybe she would stay around for some food. I snuck around the back of the car and as soon as I got to the side of the car I was made.
Daphne knew I was there, she started to walk away and I saw my chance and I took it. She was on a property that had a large garage, if you will, without a door that is used to hold road salt. I ran after her as fast as I could to push her into the salt bin where I was hoping to be able to corner her. As I am running towards the salt bin, Jeff thank God knows exactly what I am thinking and pulls the car in front of the salt bin and jumps out to help. I yelled you get the right, I have the left…she isn’t getting out of her. I distracted her and guarded the left side while Jeff climbed to the top of the salt bin and grabbed her!!!! Poor Daphne was shaking so bad, was so cold, wet and hungry. But, she was now SAFE and in our arms and there was no way she was getting away again.
Daphne is safe and is currently in a wonderful foster home with me and Jeff. 🙂 She is doing well and we LOVE her so much, this little girl has definitely stolen a piece of our hearts!!! We are so very happy that we were able to bring Daphne to safety and out of the terrible weather conditions.
Special thank you to my hubby for always helping and for always knowing what I am thinking when it comes to animals….that wasn’t my plan when I got out of the car…but, I saw an opportunity and took it and it paid off. Special thanks to our wonderful friends at Blue Chip with entrusting me to get their precious little angel back to them. And thank you to the two families that allowed us to invade their properties with traps and cars at all hours of the day and night, they both agreed without hesitation. Awesome people all around!!!
Below are photos of Daphne when she was spotted in the woods on Sunday, photos of me and my hubby and the cutie pie once we had her safe and photos of her safe in her foster home!!! Love you Daphne
Update: Daphne was adopted to a wonderful couple on 01/31/2015