Deborah McGhie and her son, Michael Wright, thought they had seen the last of their Chihuahua named Cara.
But thanks to the efforts of the community, social media and a man driving home from work, they were re-united with their tiny dog after the 15-month-old disappeared for a night.
On April 16, Wright was walking Cara — a rescue from the SPCA — at the Air Park. The dog ran away when her harness snapped off.
By the time McGhie arrived, there were about six people searching for Cara in a bushy area.
“We looked for her until dark, and went back at night with flashlights,” said McGhie, who recently moved from Pitt Meadows to Courtenay.
The dog wasn’t seen until morning. She was first spotted at Comox Bay Farm, then Back Road, and then near Spitfire and Tutor in Comox where she was eventually found — several kilometres from the Air Park.
Mike Paroshy was driving on Spitfire Drive with his dog Chester, a golden retriever. He noticed something which he first thought was a rabbit. But recalling Cara’s pink collar from a Facebook image, he managed to retrieve the dog by getting her up against a fence.
Paroshy refused to accept reward money.
“What surprised me, I have never seen people come out like this,” McGhie said. “There must have been at some point 20 people out there looking. People that didn’t even know us.
“I really didn’t think we were going to get her back,” she added. “This community came together more than anything I’ve ever seen in my life. The community is shockingly amazing.”