A dog who disappeared in Seattle on September 27 is still missing – and very much missed – two months later.
Mary Wolfe, 23, was traveling from Denali, Alaska to Colorado with her dog, Nahla. Wolfe was concerned about flying with her Husky/Australian Shepherd mix and chose to ride as a passenger instead to alleviate her dog’s stress.
Mary stopped in Washington to visit with friends. During that time, she went to Kate’s Pub at 45th and Latona in Wallingford with a friend who wanted to watch the Huskies game. When Mary was told that she couldn’t bring her dog into the establishment, as she often did in Alaska, she was told that many people tied their dogs up outside. While hesitant to do so, Mary tied Nahla up and continued to visit her dog every 10-15 minutes, praising her dog each time that she returned.
There was a group of smokers who often accompanied Mary as she went outside.
“There were 8 or 9 people,” Mary stated. “Every time I saw someone in the bar get up, I’d get up and go out there with them. Everyone seemed very nice. I was telling everyone about her and trusting them.”
But around 8:30 p.m., Nahla disappeared.
“Around 8:15, I walked her around the block,” Mary explained. “I tied her back up and she still had a bowl of water. I saw the smokers get up. I didn’t get up because I’d just been with her. Then I heard a bark and then the bar got really loud. I went outside and she was gone.”
Several witnesses heard Nahla barking and then abruptly stop. “Neighbors who lived behind the pub heard her bark intensely and then suddenly stop, so we think that she was taken in a car,” Mary stated.
Mary has been tirelessly searching for her dog ever since.
“Nahla was neglected before I adopted her and has extreme separation anxiety when away from me,” Mary stated. “She will not walk with anyone but me. She means the world to me. My original plan was to leave for Colorado on October 2nd, but I couldn’t leave Washington without her. To make things worse, my dad was deployed to Afghanistan on October 15. I needed to go home to see him.”
Nahla had never been in a big city prior to visiting Seattle. While Mary was initially doing all of the searching on her own, others have since joined her in her mission to find Nahla. “My friends think I’m crazy because I spend all day long on the computer looking for my dog. I’m an outdoors person…but now I spend at least 8 hours a day on the computer. I missed my interview to my dream job and my next job won’t start until December 13…but I have to find Nahla.”
According to her past owner, Nahla is 3 years old. “Her previous owner didn’t believe in spaying or chipping dogs,” Mary explained. Mary had planned to spay Nahla after they got home to Colorado, as the closest vet in Alaska was 2 hours away and she didn’t want Nahla to have to travel directly after having major surgery.
When Mary adopted Nahla, the sweet dog was underweight and apprehensive, but Mary helped heal the sweet dog, body and soul.
“She does still have separation anxiety,” Mary stated. “If I’d walk out of a room, she’d get up and follow me. If someone would untie her, she’d go to me or try to find me. Having her tied up outside was an attempt to help her overcome this anxiety.”
Mary filed a police report for her missing dog, report number 12-32-97-01. She has been posting to Craigslist every day searching for Nahla. She has notified shelters in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming to be on the lookout for her dog.
“When I was in Washington, I used a pet store called Wally Pets as my home base,” Mary stated. The local restaurant the Rusty Pelican also offered to help, stating that they would match Mary’s funds to help her offer a reward.
“At the Rusty Pelican, they printed out about 1,500 little flyers that had her picture on them. They were passing them out to patrons who ate there,” Mary stated.
“I drove through Canada for this dog because I was worried about having her away from me during the flight,” Mary said sadly. “The whole situation is awful. Every day, I wish I’d flown instead. I wish I could go back in time. But I can’t. So I have to fix this – I have to find her.”
Please help Nahla come home for Christmas. If you have any information, leave a comment below or contact Mary at 719.216.3434.
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