FOUND DOG: Wandering German Shorthaired Pointer Back With Family
Gretchen, a deaf 13-year-old German shorthaired pointer found at Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge.
Update 5:05 p.m., Sunday --We're very happy to report that Gretchen, the missing German shorthaired pointer from Mt. Greenwood, was reunited with her family at Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge on Sunday.
Gretchen was picked up by a Good Samaritan at 111th Street and Western Avenue around 3 p.m. and was brought to the Animal Welfare League. Her family found her among the strays at the animal shelter. She was still wearing her brown coat.
We thank all of our Patch readers for putting their good karma together so that this lost dog could be safely returned to her family.
A Mt. Greenwood family is franticly looking for their aged German shorthaired pointer—Gretchen—who escaped from the family’s home near 104th Street and Springfield around midnight Sunday.
Gretchen is cocoa-brown with white speckles although from far away she looks brown, and has a short tail. She weighs 50 pounds and is wearing a brown dog sweater and an orange collar with ID tags. She is 13 years old and deaf. She is not chipped.
“She’s old and gets cold at night so at least she had it on,” Gretchen’s owner Leslie Graft Boyle said.
Graft Boyle spent Sunday morning searching the area. A few years ago when Gretchen slipped out of the house she was found at St. Casimir Cemetery at 111th Street. While searching at the cemetery on Sunday morning, Graft Boyle didn’t find Gretchen, but she did find another someone else’s lost dog.
“[St. Casimir Cemetary] seems to be a popular place for lost dogs,” she said.
Since Gretchen cannot hear, her owner says the dog isn’t likely to come up to a Good Samaritan, even if they are trying to help her. The last time Gretchen got lost, the caretaker at St. Casimir’s was able to get Gretchen to approach him by bringing his daughter’s dog around.
Gretchen would probably come up to you if you have another dog.
A reader posted on the Beverly-Mt. Greenwood Facebook page that he saw Gretchen running north from Saint Xavier University across 103rd Street to the homes on the south side of 103rd Street around midnight Sunday.
Graft Boyle said that this is around the time that Gretchen got out. The family has notified Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park police, and the 22nd District cops in Chicago.
If you have any information about Gretchen or have seen her around, please contact the owner, Leslie Graft Boyle, immediately at 773-550-1840.