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Deer friend helps find dogs

Pixie and Brandy

by Tom Chillemi

They say the Lord moves in mysterious ways, and Michelle Pearce of Warner believes God sent an angel in the form of a deer that helped her find her lost dogs.

Michelle’s misadventure started with super storm “Sandy” on October 29. Wind gusts stirred up her black lab and yellow lab. “They were getting antsy,” she said. “I opened the door to let them out and they took off.”

Michelle called them until 2 a.m. until she fell asleep exhausted on the couch. Her problems had only begun.

The next morning she learned that the Brick, N.J., house she grew up in was flooded by a 13-foot tide and her parents, who are in their 60s, had to be relocated after 43 years in their house.

On top of this, her husband Robbie had a severe allergic reaction to medication. Then, her elderly cat had a stroke.

“Having my girls (dogs) gone was not helping,” said Michelle, who has no children. She and her husband walked the woods calling “her girls” for four days. She posted lost dog flyers on mailboxes and passed them out during the Urbanna Oyster Festival. The stress was getting to Michelle, who by now felt a fluttering in her chest and shortness of breath.


“I was trying to be strong for my parents and friends, but it wasn’t easy,” said Michelle, who choked back tears as she retold the story.

Michelle got a call early on November 5 that her dogs had been seen at Church View Septic Co., a short distance away—with a deer!

Michelle noted her dogs are friendly with deer on her land.

Knowing they were with a deer clued her to search in the ravine where deer go for water in the area. However, the dogs were not there.

Michelle went to the Southside Sentinel to put in an ad for lost dogs, but 3 hours later she got a call that her dogs were at a lady’s house with a deer!

Robbie and Michelle met at the lady’s house on H&H Road. “My girls were very happy to see me,” she said.

Michelle petted the deer, gave him a hug, and said thank you. Both dogs jumped into the van. Pixie, her 2-year-old black lab, had a broken leg, and her yellow lab Brandy, 13, was very tired. “Then, the deer looked in the van, saw the dogs in the car, and walked off into the woods,” she said.

Michelle cried tears of joy all the way to the vet. Since then, her girls have been glued to her side. 

posted 11.28.2012

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