UPDATE (8:20PM): We're back from the vet, who cleared Cleo of any major injury. Phew! She's a bit banged up, but given her day that's hardly surprising. Around 3:30 this afternoon, my husband and brother-in-law tracked her to a location around 2 km north of where she ran off. She was about 200 metres above the highway, stuck fifteen feet up on a narrow ledge in the middle of a cliff. She whined when they called her, and they followed the sound. She's clean and fed and has some anti-inflammatory medication in her, and she's asleep on the rug with us, in front of the fire.
I cannot thank you all enough for your help spreading the word about Cleo today. Your blog posts, tweets, Facebook updates, and most of all your kind and hopeful words truly kept me sane when otherwise my overactive imagination would have put me into fits. Celebrating with you when she was found was even better.
Here's the path my husband is pretty sure Cleo took today; given that he followed her trail most of the way, I figure it's pretty accurate. The poor dog was gone for seven hours.
UPDATE (3:35PM): Cleo is found! My husband and brother-in-law found her, and they're on their way home. Thank you all so much for your support and help! It has truly kept me sane all day, and I am at the ready to pay it back (or forward) whenever you need it.
Please help us find our dog. This morning at around 8:30, our friendly mutt Cleo got spooked by the sound of avalanche blasting at Whistler-Blackcomb and ran off into the woods of Emerald Estates in Whistler, BC. My husband was able to follow her tracks (to his best guess, at least) to Highway 99, heading north away from the blasting. There are few homes or businesses on that stretch of road, and I'm trying to reach as many people in the Whistler area as possible with hope that someone will recognize her if she turns up. Would you please help spread the word by posting a link to this blog post on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other account you have? I know very well how wonderful it can be to be a part of something absurdly fun online; I'm hoping you might help be a part of something more serious. It's supposed to snow again tonight, and we very much want our dog to be safe and warm.
Cleo is a 6-year-old shepherd or husky-ish mix; she's smart and sweet, is wearing a red collar with several tags, and is timid around strangers. She's a Vancouver dog, but has spent a lot of time at Whistler and should know her way back to Emerald if she hasn't run too far off to lose her orientation. She cut her front-right paw a couple of days ago but was getting around fine (as evidenced by her ambitious flight). If you see her, please let me know – kim AT kimwerker DOT com. Thank you!