Woman Continues Search for Lost Pup
WESTMINSTER — Have you seen this dog? Casey Morrissey, from the Lancaster area, has been searching for her missing brittany spaniel pup Remy since he went missing in town while she was on a business trip last September.
“The day he went missing was the worst day of my life,” said Morrissey.
On Sept. 25, Remy was in Westminster while Morrissey was returning from a trip to New York. She received a call that afternoon from a friend who was watching him, who sobbed as they delivered the gut-wrenching news: Remy ran away.
“I froze out of complete disbelief,” said Morrissey.
According to the friend, Remy was out for a walk without a leash when he saw a deer and took off running.
Remy was without his collar and tags when he went missing, said Morrissey. He does have a microchip, which has his identification, but it has not been scanned yet.
Morrissey quickly contacted the Westminster Police Department and local animal control offices. She also got in touch with Massachusetts Missing Dogs, a nonprofit organization based in Peabody.
The organization suggested Morrissey make between 1,000 to 2,000 missing posters. Morrissey said she ended making about 5,000 to 7,000 posters instead, hoping it would get Remy home sooner.
From western Massachusetts to Vermont and New Hampshire, pictures of Remy were plastered everywhere.
There have been hundreds of leads in the past few months, said Morrissey, and she has followed up on almost every one, including some from Alaska and Texas.
In Remy’s absence, Morrissey poured herself into her work hoping that it would ease some of the pain. Anxiety often took over, however, and she became a “zombie” for the next five months.
“I’ve been working on it and trying to get myself back into it because I know Remy would not appreciate me just giving up,” she said. “It’s a work in progress though.”
Morrissey started a Facebook page in December called Friends of Remy from Massachusetts, which has almost 8,000 people following Remy’s story.
“It’s a lot of work and I am so grateful for everyone,” she said. “I can get up to 100 messages a day. It’s really wild.”
The page, said Morrissey, was a great way to focus everybody’s energy in one direction. Though Morrissey considers herself a private person, she said that Remy is more important than privacy.
She said Remy has probably been found by a family that simply doesn’t know that he is missing. She hopes the outreach will eventually reach whoever has found him.
Morrissey said she has talked to other “dog moms” who share similar experiences, which has helped her cope with her own loss.
“You just need to keep the faith and not be afraid of processing your feelings,” said Morrissey. “Get the help you need to find your dog, but you also need to take care of yourself.”
Morrissey said she originally brought Remy home from a breeder in Canada, when he was just eight-weeks-old. Though the nearly five hour car ride was exhausting, she said the trip was worth it.
“He was just chilling in the corner and observing everybody, and that’s how I knew he was for me,” she said. “He came over and cuddled in my hoodie, and that was that. I took him home with me.”
At first, the idea of owning a dog scared Morrissey. She knew puppies could be a handful and that there was a responsibility to take care of one.
The initial fear, however, wore off in the first couple weeks when Morrissey found out the they both had “bad allergies.” It was then that she knew Remy was her dog, she said.
Morrissey said that Remy improved her life in “every possible way.”
“He taught me patience, unconditional love, and reinforced responsibility” she said. “There is nothing like a dog, they’re always happy to see you no matter what.”
Morrissey said she was still hopeful that Remy will be found.
“At the end of the day, I 100 percent still believe that he’s out there,” said Morrissey. “I’m hoping to be one of those success stories that you hear about. Whether it’s a year, three years, or ten years I don’t care.”
Morrissey said she is offering a “very large” reward for Remy’s safe return or information which could help get him home.
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