When Michelle and Steve Kaiser lost control of their pickup and fifth-wheel camper near I-80 exit 164 last Friday, damage to their vehicles was estimated at $30,000. Now, however, the couple is more concerned about finding one of their missing four-legged friends.
The Kaisers were traveling to Colorado from their home in Woodstock, Ill., when their pickup went into the median and overturned. Although they were not seriously hurt, the crash killed one of the couple’s two dogs. The other, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Guinness (he was misidentified as “Dennis” in Monday’s story of the accident), bolted from the scene and is still missing. A friend of the couple says the Kaisers are devastated.
“They are willing to do anything and everything to find him,” said long-time friend Debbie Haulk, operator of Northeast Iowa Pet Rescue in Strawberry Point.
Haulk said she was attempting to initiate a canine search and rescue effort in order to track the dog. The Jasper County Animal Rescue League received an unconfirmed sighting of the missing Corgi near the Lynnville exit of I-80, approximately 15 miles east of the initial accident. An animal control officer spent about two hours searching in that vicinity, to no avail. Reports of another sighting of a dog which fit Guinness’ description in Nevada, Iowa, turned out to be false.
Meanwhile, Haulk said she is alerting friends, other rescues, even truckers traveling in the area to be on the lookout for the pet, so he can be reunited with the Kaisers.
“I have people all over the state of Iowa looking for that dog,” Haulk said. “We’re just hoping that he’s not hurt and someone has picked him up and is looking for his owners.”
If anyone finds a Corgi fitting that description, they can call the Jasper County Animal Rescue League at 792-5407, or call Debbie Haulk at Northeast Iowa Pet Rescue, at (563) 370-1138.