Call goes out in search for dog Lost: A county man has printed 3,000 fliers to help in his hunt for his 2-year-old Newfoundland, Bear, who ran away from the parking lot at Route 32 and Georgetown Boulevard on Oct. 28.

November 08, 1998|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

A dog bred to rescue is in need of rescue.

Bear, a 140-pound black Newfoundland wearing identification tags, is probably in Eldersburg trying to find her way to her Oklahoma Road home, said owner Martin Lego.

The 2-year-old dog went everywhere with Lego, usually traveling in the back of his pickup truck. Bear is the fourth Newfoundland dog that Lego and his wife, Mary, have owned. The breed is well-known for its prowess in water rescues, and Bear had recently been trained for rescues.

The dog was in the truck Oct. 28 when Lego went into the Safeway at Route 32 and Georgetown Boulevard to buy Bear's favorite morning treat.

The grocery store had invited the Liberty High School band to its grand opening that morning.

"The drums were beating, the horns blowing and the flags waving, within a few feet of the truck," said Lego, a 65-year-old retiree. "It must have scared her."

Several people reported that Bear crashed through the screen on the side of the truck and raced up the hill to the highway.

"There was no sign of her," said Lego, who has been searching "sunrise to sunset."

Lego has had 3,000 fliers printed with Bear's picture. He has stuffed them in newspaper boxes and posted them. He has advertised in area newspapers and on the radio and has alerted area animal shelters.

Hugs for Homeless Animals, which often finds lost pets, has posted Bear's description on the Internet at www.h4ha.org.

Children have announced the dog's story on public address systems at several Eldersburg schools.

"She has never run away," said Lego. "I am convinced somebody found her."

Information: 410-781-6223.

Pub Date: 11/08/98

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