Last month, OnMilwaukee.com reported on Alana Wooldridge’s missing dog, Fenrir, a pitbull she adopted in New Orleans who disappeared from her yard on July 21. After weeks of searching, social media posts and daily interactions with various animal organizations, Alana and Fen were reunited tonight.
Earlier tonight, Alana received a Facebook message from a friend who spotted a dog that matched Fen’s description heading north between Locust Street and Capitol Drive.
"I went out looking, but didn't expect much. I hadn't had any real leads, and had given up hope for the most part," Alana says. "It was raining, but my friend and I went out anyway."
She searched the area and finally saw him, near the entrance to Interstate 43.
"Then there he was. Nose in the air, eyes slightly closed, ears blowing in the wind. He was taking a deuce," she says.
However, Alana says she did exactly what animal rescue experts had told her not to do – because emotion got the best of her.
"I started crying and called out to him, my arms spread out. Of course I scared him, and he evaded all our advances, at every turn," she says.
She kept following his direction, and saw him a few more times, always in the distance.
"Every time I would advance, he would dart. I could see in his eyes he wanted so badly to come to me, but he was so scared," she says.
Then a friend of hers suggested she bring his "girlfriend," a friend’s dog named Dalhia to the area where he was spotted.
"It worked like a magical charm, he ran right up to the fence when he saw her. We guided him to the opening of the fence, and voilá," she says. "I swear I almost fainted. It's a miracle, and I'm so happy. I hardly have words."
Tonight, Fen is hungry, thirsty, tired and a little freaked out. Alana will never know exactly how or why he disappeared from her yard almost exactly one month ago, but it doesn’t matter. Fen is home.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.