CADILLAC — Adele, a 1-year-old goldendoodle, had never really left the yard before.
But as soon as she heard the fireworks Sunday night, she didn’t even hesitate.
“She literally hopped out of the yard as soon as the fireworks started,‘ said Tyler Condron, whose parents own the dog.
Fireworks can be frightening for our four-legged friends. As a result, they may try and escape the loud noises and bright lights, according to the Michigan Humane Society.
This was the case for Adele, who ran away from her home on Holly Road in Cadillac Sunday night. Condron thinks she probably tried to get as far from the fireworks as possible.
He spent all night looking for her and searched again the next day.
He was really worried about her. She had on her pink electric collar but no tags, as they only put the collar with tags on for walks.
He was worried about her getting hit on U.S. 131. He was also worried about somebody grabbing her and keeping her, as they are expensive dogs.
Luckily, she had two “guardian angels‘ watching over her that day.
Around 1:40 p.m. on Monday, a woman found the dog in a field behind her home. She gave her water and was able to get Adele to sit tight while another kind couple, who had stopped alongside the road, called the authorities, Condron said.
He said when he got the call he felt “relieved, blessed and so grateful for the countless volunteers who took the time to look at the Facebook posting and actually look for Adele.‘
“It was so good to see her,‘ he said in a text message. “She was tired and her paws were hurting but she was happy to see me.‘
Ed Tharp, an animal control officer, said the dog was found alongside the road near Cadillac Junction at the intersection of M-55 and U.S. 131.
Her paws were bleeding and she couldn’t lean on her left front paw, possibly from a sprain, but she wasn’t severely injured, Tharp said.
He said this was a mild year of getting calls for escaped animals during fireworks, but it happens quite often and a lot of dogs can fall victim to traffic when it does.
At night a dog gets disoriented a lot quicker and might bolt when it wouldn’t during the day. Even sparklers can scare a dog and with fireworks, the dog can get so terrified it will even hide from its owners.
He said people should definitely contain their pets and make sure there aren’t open doors when there are fireworks. Always make sure they have identification and have a collar on when they’re outside and don’t take your dog to the park if you know there will be fireworks.
“Leave your dogs at home in a safe area during fireworks,‘ he said.
Condron said last weekend his mom had Adele sitting on her lap watching the fireworks inside because the noises outside were spooking her outside.
His advice was to tuck puppies far away from the fireworks action in a quiet, safe and calming place.
“Rest assured we will next year,‘ he said.