Pet lovers everywhere can sympathize with Massachusetts residents Wally and Norma Brettell who have been putting on the miles hoping to find their lost Yorkie, Lulu.
The adorable 5-pound, 2-year-old’s face has been gracing the classified pages of the News since her disappearance on Saturday, May 8, in Brewer.
The Brettells were visiting his mother over Mother’s Day weekend when Lulu became frightened and bolted near the intersection of Day Road and Lambert Road, leaving the Brettells no choice but to return home with just Dinkie, their 10-year-old Yorkie, who is now missing the little one she thought of as her own.
Between the lost notice, posters, television publicity, the Brettel’s “Finding Lulu” Facebook page, and help of family, friends and community members, there have been several Lulu Sightings and the Brettells have traveled hundreds of miles between Massachusetts and Maine hoping to find her.
But reality does set in from time to time.
“I just get to the point where we talk about it and have to accept the fact we probably won’t see her again and then we have another sighting,” Norma said.
“It’s been an emotional roller-coaster. But I understand a pug was out for a month last year (in the Brewer area) and was found,” so Norma believes there is still hope.
However, Lulu is not one to come when called so, if you do see her, the best you could do would be try to lure her into a humane trap.
“We did have someone who saw a dog matching her description” in the Pierce Road area, near the Brewer Veterinary Clinic, Norma said, “and they tried to coax her to come but she ran off. That’s kind of a little game she plays.”
But if there’s an area where Lulu is showing up regularly, a trap just might work.
Their most recent visit was over Memorial Day when there was a sighting in the North Main Street area. They were told “if it’s not Lulu, it’s her twin.”
As it turned out, it was another Yorkie living in the area that had gotten out.
I wondered how such a small dog could survive, outside, for any length of time but Lulu’s breeder, Holly Cleary of Arundel, had the answer to that.
“Holly said she would eat deer poop and I found that absolutely hilarious because of all the times I’ve asked Holly how I could break Lulu of that (eating poop) habit,” Norma said. Now that habit might save her.
The Brettells have great praise for their breeder for all she has done to help locate the dog, including driving to Brewer to respond to a sighting. It is also Cleary’s Maine phone number in the lost notice.
“Many people won’t call an out-of-state number, so Holly and her husband take all those calls, even if it’s 5:30 in the morning,” Norma said of one call that prompted a trip to Brewer.
Lulu is a good dog who was a frequent visitor to the Alzheimer’s Assisted Living facility where Norma’s mother resides.
And while Norma reports she “can’t say the residents miss Lulu, because they don’t really remember recent events like a pet visit, I can tell you how they light up when she visits.”
If you can help, call the Brettells at (617) 875-6113 or Cleary at 282-5561.
Lulu has a microchip for identification and a reward is offered for her return.