Have you ever feel astray where you do not know how to be backed home again? And being frightened of what will happen upon returning home knowing that a lot of dangers are waiting ahead? For a man, maybe losing in the middle of a lake might cause a traumatic experience that will surely never wanted to happen again, but for Rylee, it was just a piece of wandering over the vacation.
Rylee, a 10-month-old Belgian Malinois breed puppy, went missing for almost 24 hours while riding in a boat with her family. The dog had literally swum 6 miles over the Lake Michigan and walked over 12 miles more through the woods, after falling out from their boat, to be with family again.
Edward Casas, 56, and his wife Kristin, 49, went boating with Rylee in Lake Michigan when they encountered a mechanical problem that caused their boat to stop. Edward went down to the engine room to configure the said problem while Kristin kept steering upstairs, they did not saw the dog in the boat after. Edward had in mind that Rylee might unable to balance himself and fell in the water when the boat suddenly turned on. He called for a help over the radio for any other fishermen or riders in the area after 10 minutes where they can no longer see the dog. Despite the frustration when Rylee was nowhere to be found, they did not give up on asking for a help for searching until a fisherman responded to their call.
Lynn Fiedor was referred by her husband, the fisherman responded, to help the Casas. Fiedor has a group named Lost Dog Search Team where can greatly help them on searching for Rylee. Upon knowing that Rylee has been trained for search-and-rescue, Fiedor clearly ensures that the dog can go back to his owners, especially that her breed is known to be intelligent and athletic. She also contacted local sheriff’s office, park rangers, Coast Guard and even posted an alert to her group’s Facebook page to find the dog.
The following morning, Fiedor received a call and a sign of hope for Rylee’s come back when a woman saw a dog that was running into the Platte River campground. Feidor immediately called the attention of Edward and Kristin to sight for their dog. They were able to borrow a truck from the concerned individual that helped them to look for Rylee. Fiedor advised them that the best way to attract lost dogs and to make it easier for her to identify their scent is by lying down with Rylee’s food and toys on the ground.
After Edward did few squeaking, Rylee run out from the woods and joyfully jump on to the couple. Edward said that he was very happy on that said moment, and it was his first time to cry publicly. The couple was so thankful for Fiedor for her big help on finding their dog Rylee which is owned by their 18-year-old son Colin Casas who is away for his studies. The boy was so much happy and relieved for the great news. Casas family is very proud of having a very smart and strong dog.