By Natalie Covher
After hours of searching Dustin Dauzat found his lost dog Mia fatigued while swimming in Cane River. Dustin and his wife Gretchen were at work when they got the call around 1:45 p.m. Friday, July 1 that their seven-year-old dog Mia was missing.
A friend had stopped by and accidentally left the gate open, allowing Mia to make her escape. The Dauzats left work and started searching for their beloved pet. Mia was spotted by Hope for Paws members Erin Carnline and Kay Kaufman. They were able to snap a photo of the hot and tired pup. They tried to catch the dog but lost her in tall grass near the cross streets of St. Maurice Lane and Williams Avenue.
They posted the photo to Facebook and Dustin was notified of the sighting. Dustin and Gretchen searched the lot for an hour and a half with no luck. Hours had passed and with four small children at home the couple was about to call off the search until morning when Dustin decided to check the riverbank.
“We had searched all around the neighborhood and in that lot but we hadn’t checked the riverbank on the other side of Williams near where she had been spotted,” said Dustin. “I saw something in the water, at first I thought it was an alligator but then I saw it was Mia’s little head and tail. I called her name and she looked at me. I could tell that she was very tired and losing the energy to keep swimming. The retaining wall was too high for her the get back onto land. She paddled over to the edge and I reached in and grabbed her. I’m so glad we didn’t call it because I am sure she would have drowned.”
Mia had never been swimming before. With the current heat conditions, the dog must have sought out the water for relief. The inside dog is happy to be back at home with her family in the comfort of air conditioning.
“I can’t get over the fact that I just walked down there and saw her swimming in the river,” said Dustin.