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Heartbreaking story accompanies search for missing dog

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From page A4 | October 01, 2013 | 11 Comments

Have you seen Calliope? A reward is being offered for her safe return. Courtesy photo

Have you seen Calliope? A reward is being offered for her safe return. Courtesy photo

A grief-stricken Davis family hopes the community can help find the beloved pet of a young woman who died unexpectedly earlier this summer.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for the safe return of Calliope, a 6-year-old female dog that’s a brindle pit bull and German shepherd mix.

Calliope belonged to Samantha Young, who died unexpectedly on July 25 at the age of 25. Lora Schroeder, Young’s mother, articulated the family’s despair, and desperation for Calliope’s return:

“In two months, my family has lost two members. One can be returned us, and I hope with all my heart that this happens and happens soon.”

Schroeder said her 11-year-old daughter, Madison, is especially distraught at the disappearance of Calliope. Schroeder explained that for the girl it’s, in Madison’s words, “like losing Sissy all over again.”

Calliope managed to escape the back yard of the family’s residence at 1405 F St., near Community Park, during a thunderstorm on Sept 21. Calliope is wearing a pink collar with a red name tag in the shape of a bone.

She was last spotted at approximately 6 p.m. Sept. 21, running down Fifth Street, at the G Street intersection.

“We have gotten a few sporadic reports of sightings since, but nothing substantial,” Schroeder said. “Friends, family, members of the SPCA and strangers alike have been aiding us in the search.”

To guarantee there was incentive in the search, three family friends each donated a portion of the money that’s being offered for Calliope’s safe return.

Anyone with information regarding the dog’s whereabouts is encouraged to text or call 530-400-0503, or send an email to lora@ucanr.edu.

— Reach Brett Johnson at bjohnson@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8052. Follow him on Twitter at @ReporterBrett

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  • Jessica Macagba FerrinOctober 01, 2013 - 11:33 am

    Sounds crazy but it works! Leave articles of her clothing like a sock every few houses. This way Calliope can smell her way home.

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  • LauraOctober 01, 2013 - 11:48 am

    Thank you for publishing this article!!!

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  • Jessica LazaroOctober 01, 2013 - 1:19 pm

    Keeping our eyes out for her safe return.

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  • Jessica LazaroOctober 01, 2013 - 1:21 pm

    That was not what I meant to say at all..... Kepping our eyes open, Hope for her safe return!!!!

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  • Dina McHughOctober 01, 2013 - 7:06 pm

    We are acquaintances of the grieving family, through my oldest daughter. This story has touched our family so, that my youngest daughter would like to organize a city wide search this weekend. We need help organizing search parties. My company is happy to print fliers to place on every Davis resident's home.

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  • October 02, 2013 - 3:12 pm

    Call Renee Lancaster at Rotts of Friends. She also runs a rescue service and she might have had her turned in there. Phone # is 530-661-0213 and leave a message.

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  • JenniferOctober 07, 2013 - 3:39 pm

    Can an amber alert be done?

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  • JenniferOctober 07, 2013 - 3:40 pm

    Post on craigslist and check there daily.

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  • Cathy POctober 22, 2013 - 5:31 am

    Any word on Caliope? I suggest you check Craiglist daily. People will post dogs they find on there. I hope the family has physically visted pounds, rescues, humane Society etc. and not relied on just a verbal description by phone. I sure hope they find Caliope.

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  • ElizabethOctober 22, 2013 - 8:18 pm

    Not understanding that she has passed away, the dog may be looking for her person. Has anyone tried the places they used to go together?

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  • October 23, 2013 - 5:36 pm

    Elizabeth has a valid suggestion, Calliope and Samantha must have bonded and with that bond would have visited places together. Thanks to the Enterprise for making this touching story public.

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