As the old saying goes: "a true friend leaves paw prints on your heart." Ryah Jenkins and her husband can agree on that.
But after a traumatic crash near Spirit Mountain Saturday…
"We were just going to Superior for the day, just driving down the highway, and someone just came out of nowhere behind us and hit into us, and pushed us into the guard rail, and we flipped."
…they’ve realized that surviving the ordeal was only half the battle.
"We almost went over down to the railroad tracks. But my brain clicked on, and I knew that if we went over that cliff, we weren’t going to make it out of this. So I just slammed on the breaks and prayed that God would stop us, and we stopped just feet from going over that."
Jenkins says their two dogs were in the vehicle at the time, and were frightened by the experience.
"When we opened the hatch and grabbed them, they were so scared that they bolted."
Jenkins and her husband wondered if they had lost their dogs for good.
But with the help of another woman and a trained cattle dog, they’ve been able to retrieve one of their dogs so far… a border collie named "Kovah."
"We’ve been looking for our other dog ever since. We’ve had some sightings, and we kind of know the area she’s in. We’re trying to keep it really calm for her so she’ll settle down, and [we can] come out to catch her."
Jenkins says her dog – also a border collie – is in survival mode, so she won’t recognize Jenkins or her husband until she captures her scent.
"I saw her myself, but she was just in such a state of panic that she ran. When you try to lure in a scared dog, you have to get in this sideways position where you’re hunched down, and you don’t make eye contact. But you’re so worried about her, and you’re so shocked, that in that moment you see her, your brain just goes blank, by the time you react to do what you need to do, she’s gone again."
Jenkins says she’s had many people volunteer to help find her lost companion.
But Jenkins isn’t sharing the dog’s name, because she doesn’t want people chasing after her.
"We want her to settle down, to feel safe… I can go lay in this live trap. To her that looks like a big kennel. So if we have a lot of people calling her name, chasing after her, that’s going to keep her on the move, keep her running, and even push her out of this area."