Daisy, scuffed and scraped
When Bob Keller of Maxwell went out to check his grape crop on his little vineyard on Sunday, June 11, he took his two Labradors along, Max and Daisy.The Kellers live in a rural area between Maxwell and Maranatha Bible Camp, close to the Platte River.
At some point, the dogs picked up an interesting scent and took off. Bob wasn’t worried about them at the time, but his concern grew later when neither dog returned home.
Max eventually showed up at home about 2:30 a.m., but Daisy was not with him.
When Daisy was still missing the next day, the Kellers began looking. Over the next few days, they placed flyers at veterinary clinics, posted Facebook alerts and checked with animal shelters. Neighbors and friends joined the search for Daisy, without success.
On Friday June 16, Bob’s wife Missy gave Max a much-needed bath, and discovered what turned out to be a pellet gun wound in Max’s backside. A trip to their vet confirmed that Max had indeed been shot.
The pellet went through Max’s body and exited the inside of his back left thigh. Max was sent home with some antibiotics and continued to recover.
The Kellers' hopes for Daisy grew dimmer each day, and tears were shed for the one-year-old pup.
However, just before midnight Saturday, the Kellers’ Yorkie (Tucker) indicated he needed to go outside. Bob let him into the backyard and pulled out a flashlight. He heard Tucker growling, but when he shined the light around, he didn’t see the dog at first. He searched the yard and found Tucker at the gate, growling and wiggling with excitement.
Then he saw Daisy jumping at the fence. She had somehow found her way home after a week of foraging and roaming through the river brush.
Daisy was scratched, scuffed and slimmer, but she was as excited to be back home as her family was to have her, the Kellers said.