By Doug Ireland
---- — SALEM, N.H. — For two months, Diana Chamberlin has been wondering and worrying about her lost dog, Bear — desperately hoping they will be reunited.
In mid-August, the 4-year-old collie-cattle dog mix took off after he and Chamberlin’s boyfriend, Henry Ladner, were involved in a car accident in Raymond. Neither were seriously hurt.
Bear was placed in a firetruck while emergency personnel handled the accident. But he dashed for freedom when the door was opened and Chamberlin, who lives in Nottingham, has been awaiting his return ever since.
Shortly after the crash, Bear was spotted in Hampstead, then Derry.
For the last two weeks, he has been spotted at least 50 times in Salem, but runs away when approached, according to Holly Mokrzecki, founder of Granite State Dog Recovery.
“We need to find this dog,” she said yesterday.
Mokrzecki’s all-volunteer organization works with the public, animal shelters, rescue groups, veterinarians and animal control officers to reunite dog owners with their lost pets throughout New England.
More than 1,000 posters seeking Bear’s return have been posted throughout Southern New Hampshire, she said.
When people see a lost dog, they should call the organization or post where the dog was seen on its Facebook page. The page, which features photos of the animals, also highlights the successful return of pets through the many tips it receives.
The collaborative effort has led to 1,000 dogs being reunited with their owners this year alone, Mokrzecki said.
Late yesterday morning, Bear was spotted on Ermer Road. He was also seen at about 10 p.m. Thursday on Zion Hill Road and Arcadia Lane — about two miles from Ermer Road.
Earlier in the day, Bear was seen running across heavily traveled North Broadway, near Route 97 and Canobie Lake Park. It’s more than 30 miles from where he disappeared two months ago.
It’s believed that Bear is so frightened and disoriented, he just keeps running, Mokrzecki said. Although it’s not unusual for a dog to keep running for months, they usually stay within a 3- to 5-mile area, she said.
Granite State Dog Recovery has been tracking him since shortly after he disappeared.
Chamberlin said she last saw her dog on Drew Road in Derry two weeks ago, but he ran off.
Many people who have seen Bear mistook him for a coyote and didn’t dare approach, Mokrzecki said. People are asked not to go near the dogs because they could run into traffic and get struck by a car, she said.
Chamberlin is devastated by her dog’s disappearance. She has had Bear since he was 3 months old.
“It’s terrible,” she said. “He always came when he was called”.
Chamberlin said Bear is shy, but gets along with people and other dogs.
She’s optimistic they will soon be reunited.
“He’s like my child,” she said.
For more about Bear and Granite State Dog Recovery, go to the organization’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/pages/Granite-State-Dog-Recovery or its webpage at Granitestatedogrecovery. The phone number is 1-855-639-5678.