After 57 days of searching for their lost Border collie in Montana, a couple from Washington was reunited with their loving Katie. Carole King had quit her job as a postal worker to devote herself to the search for the 7-year-old dog, according to reports.
She and her husband Verne first noticed their dog was missing after returning to their pet-friendly hotel room in Kalispell, Montana, after a night out. Katie had fled, possibly scared by the sound of thunderstorms, The New York Times reported.
The Kings started their search throughout the neighborhood and feared that big forests nearby would make their task more difficult. They would later post pictures of Katie on Facebook groups, search for her during the night with special equipment, order animal traps and leave clothing so the missing dog could detect their scent.
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The couple's despair escalated as time passed by. Verne King returned to the family's home near Spokane while Carole stayed behind hundreds of miles away.
After eight weeks, Carole King was surprised on Sept. 15 when a nearby resident mentioned he had seen something outside his window that looked like Katie.
She rushed over to the person's house. After walking around the fields nearby, Katie was finally found under a tree, dehydrated and much thinner, according to the Times.
When she shouted her name, the Border collie responded immediately, running as fast as she could toward her owner.
“All I could think about was, ‘I’m done. I got her," King told the Times.