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Thursday, April 23, 2009

A Broadened Search for Beloved Pooch

Sadie has been missing since March 12.

By Marissa Yaremich
The Longman's heartfelt search for their missing Doberman, Sadie, recently brimmed beyond Connecticut’s and New York’s borders and into the Keystone State.
Hoping local Pennsylvanian animal lovers might unlock the mystery of their beloved dog’s whereabouts, the determined owners mailed letters to local veterinarian clinics out of fear the friendly pooch was “taken some distance away.”
The Longmans believe Sadie’s friendly and non aggressive personality might have helped her possible captor or captors lure the 18 month-old pup from their 30-acre property on March 12.
“We have done everything we can think of to get her back,” wrote owners, Stuart and Gayla Longman, of Ridgefield, Conn. “Please post this (flier) where your staff and visitors can see it and call us …if you find her. We will immediately make arrangement to pick her up and pay the reward.”
Sadie’s safe return reaps a $10,000 reward that inspired many exclamatory remarks from pet owners who read the letter posted on the Lost & Found board at veterinarian hospital, Hamilton Animal Care, in Wescosville, Pa., located near the central New Jersey border.
“How sad,” said one longtime cat owner.
“I hope they find her,” said another woman as she browsed the board.
“Now that’s love,” said an amazed receptionist upon reading the letter.
The Longmans assured recipients in their letter that the reward will be paid to any veterinarian’s office, shelter or individual who locates Sadie, who has distinct physical features.
Unlike most Dobermans, the family never docked the brown and tan canine’s ears or tail, opting instead to leave her ears floppy and tail long. The Longmans also described Sadie as a thinly built, energetic dog who bears an identification microchip implanted between her shoulder blades.
As of this week, Stuart Longman said via a brief phone call that the family had no new developments to share with the public to facilitate the search.
“We’ve only had one sighting in Connecticut,” said the owner, sounding dejected.

He perked up, however, upon learning the family’s letter and hopeful plea received attention outside their home state.
“Thank you,” he said.
Anyone who has information on Sadie, is asked to please contact Stuart of Gayla Longman at (203) 438-9006 or (203) 238-1105.

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