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Lost and pregnant: 'Momma dog' found on back road near Ovando
When Travis Thurmond, owner of the Blackfoot Angler got out of his truck to check on a female black lab in the middle of Scotty Brown Bridge Road near Ovando Friday evening, Nov. 17, she jumped right into the vehicle.
The dog, which turned out to be very pregnant, was hungry and cold in temperatures that hovered near zero.
Thurmond had little choice but to bring the dog home to Ovando with him. He and Kathy Schoendoerfer immediately put up posters around Ovando, including along the road where she was found and at Stoneys. They also contacted their neighbors and put her status out on social media and to animal rescue houses and the Humane Society. As of press time, they haven’t received any calls from anyone missing her.
Schoendoerfer took the dog to a veterinarian, who estimated the dog to be three or four years old, and due to give birth any day now.
Schoendoerfer and Thurmond are at a loss to explain what the dog was doing out in the middle of a dirt road off of Highway 200. Although it’s possible she just got away from her owners, they’re concerned someone may have out dumped her out there.
According to Schoendoerfer, the dog appears to have come from a home where people took good care of her. She is in good shape, has a nice coat and is well trained and extremely loving.
Nevertheless after five days of searching, and stories about the dog (now dubbed The Divine Miss M) in most of the state’s major daily newspapers, no one has called. The idea that someone would have abandoned her makes Schoendoerfer furious, but she said the support they’ve gotten in their effort to help find her a home has been “positively incredible.”
Thurmond and Schoendoerfer plan to keep the dog in their home until she delivers her puppies and hopes anyone missing their “four-legged sweet girl” will call them at 406-793-0018.
Since the couple doesn’t have room for any more pets at the moment, they will work to find homes for Miss M and her pups or, failing that, take them to a no-kill shelter if her original owners don’t show up.