Do you remember the story about the woman who went on a 4-day getaway to Montana with her husband and their border collie, Katie? Well, here’s some good news for you.
Carole King quit her job to head the search for her precious border collie, who escaped their hotel room during a thunderstorm. After 57 days of searching around town, she was finally reunited with Katie. She was starving but otherwise seemed okay.
What Happened Before Katie Disappeared?
Carole King and her husband planned a short trip with their border collie. They arrived at Kalispell on July 20. They left Katie, their 7-year-old border collie, in their hotel room while they were out for dinner. By the time they got back to their room, Katie was nowhere to be found.
King and her husband searched all over the room and the hotel building but couldn’t find Katie.
It was devastating. I got sick to my stomach. I said to the clerk, ‘please tell me you have my dog.’ The clerk says ‘no, she left about 4, 4 1/2 hours ago.Carole King
The couple preceded to search for Katie on the hotel grounds all night. They suspected that the thunder might have spooked Katie to panic and escape. The hotel staff helped get the word out on Katie’s disappearance, and local Facebook groups assisted King with creating a flyer. (Source: The Spokesman-Review)
How Did the Search Go?
Days passed, and they still had not found Katie, but the news had spread like wildfire. Several Facebook groups were created for the cause and shared recent sightings in hopes of bringing Katie back home.
At least 500 physical flyers were posted all over Flathead County. So King did not stop looking for Katie to quit her full-time job to look for her dog.
While Katie was described as friendly towards people, she is also a little skittish to strangers that she would go the other way if she were approached. This definitely made it a bit challenging to find her. (Source: The Spokesman-Review)
When Did they Find Katie?
On September 15, King received a call from someone in the Country Estates subdivision who has seen a dog with Katie’s description just in his yard.
King went to the area and started searching just when they were about to give up on that day. Finally, they found Katie by the trees. She called out for Katie, and the two were reunited once again.
I just bear-hugged her; I wasn’t going to let her go. Tears were flying, we were screaming, everybody is high-fiving, hugging each other. People are stopping in their vehicles, getting out and hugging us. I think the whole neighborhood knew that we found her.Carole King
King immediately brought Katie to a local emergency animal clinic to get her checked. She was severely dehydrated and was starving. Katie was quite popular in the area that the vet knew her.
The doctor walked up to her and she said, ‘Is this the famous Katie?’ And her eyes welled up with tears. That touched me.Carole King
Katie received IV fluids and a special diet and has since recovered. They’re all home now. (Source: The Spokesman-Review)
Watch Katie’s story here.