By John Brannen The News
NEW GLASGOW – Darlene Mason of New Glasgow let out her cherished beagle on Wednesday afternoon like she had many times before.
The Town of New Glasgow's Public Works crews found a small beagle in a snow bank yesterday morning near the public works building on Park Street. After shovelling him out and keeping him warm, local media helped to reunite the 13-year-old Copper with its owner. SUBMITTED
There was never any fear that 13-year-old Copper would wander off. After all, his leash was secured to the house. But when Mason went to check on him a few minutes later, he was gone.
“The clip had just broke,” she recalled. “The storm was really starting to come down on us then.”
She went out and followed the quickly disappearing tracks of the dog but couldn’t see him. He didn’t respond to his name either.
“Around 6 that night, I called my son to come down and he looked around the neighbourhood in his four-wheel drive,” she Mason said. “I really didn’t think he’d live through the night out there.”
It didn’t help that the dog has a heart condition that requires daily medication.
As yesterday’s winter storm swirled snow around into drifts several feet deep, there was little hope for Copper as she got ready for work.
“I called the radio station to report he was missing. I couldn’t believe that a short time later I got the call that he was found and doing well.”
The Town of New Glasgow's public works crews were surprised to find the dog in a snow bank near the public works building on Park Street.
“Apparently, he was next to the building probably trying to get away from the harsh winds,” said Mason. “As the snow built up he was just about buried.”
After shovelling him out and keeping him warm, the public works crew helped to reconnect Copper with Mason.
“He’s doing fine and I’m happy he’s home. He’s missed a few doses of his medication but is back on track now.”
While she said she’s already replaced the faulty clip that let Copper get away, Mason is thankful for the public works team and radio station for finding and keeping her dog safe.
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