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Happy ending for 'Noelle,' the lost dog that returns to priest

ConservationDavid Marks

If you remember the column about the Rev. Lou Scurti's lost white dog, Noelle, you know she ran from a multiple car accident on Interstate 95 in White Marsh back in August 2011. She was traveling with Father Lou's cousin, Jon Boshart, on their way home to New Jersey. After all this time, Noelle's nearly 17-month-long saga has come to a joyous conclusion!

According to Father Scurti, Noelle was picked up on a city street by Manhattan Animal Control in New York City on Boshart's birthday, Jan. 10. Then, Treasured K9 Rescue stepped up and took Noelle (then known as Bell) from Manhattan Animal Control into their care in New Jersey. Treasured K9s, founded by Kristen Edmonds, is a volunteer nonprofit group that rescues Korean Jindo dogs and other breeds.

"There was something about her eyes. I could see gentleness inside and knew I couldn't leave her (at the shelter)," Edmonds observed. Well-known in the animal advocacy field and a member of Cesar Milan's Ambassador Program, the enthusiastic Edmonds feels Noelle is definitely a Jindo with her distinctive coloring. Meanwhile, as Noelle is getting vetted and bathed, the word was being spread back in Maryland. Cindy Goldsmith, who had been long keeping an eye out for Noelle, placing food at Holly Hills Cemetery on Bird River Road in case the dog was still in the area, received a post on her Facebook page with pictures of dogs that are in New York.

"I never thought she'd be that far but the dog looked like her, so I posted it on Noelle's page," Cindy said. Also, Cindy sends everyone looking for a lost pet a message, whether it's their pet or someone else's, "Never, ever give up — it was like (Noelle) was one of my girls!" Her posting on Jan. 15 triggered messages, phone calls and emails from Noelle's searchers and family to each other and the rescue.

Edmonds cordially welcomed Father Scurti to visit Noelle at her rescue.

"I watch the NYC AC&C intake list daily for Jindos," Edmonds added. "I saw 'Bell' come in and at 4:45 PM the New Hope (rescue dept) emailed me her details and asked if we could take her."

Although he had just returned from Peru, Father Scurti lost no time in getting to Treasured K9s. It's a good thing he did, as Noelle was having great difficulty adjusting to the rescue. On Jan. 16, Father Lou and Noelle were reunited!

Unbelievably, not only was she in the same state, lost Noelle was a mere 20 minutes from home. It is said faith and prayer can move mountains and, it appears, they did. Father Lou is ecstatic, "I always knew she would come back and I would go wherever it took to get her."

At a 28 pounds, Noelle is underweight, thin, dehydrated and recuperating from her time on the run. At 13, she has proven herself to be a very resilient survivor. Although, it may never be known how she got to New York, that's OK. All that matters is she is now back in New Jersey at home, at peace and surrounded by love.

Father Lou is deeply grateful for the love and support of many people who kept Noelle in their prayers, helped with the search and sent their love and support especially Belinda Hobson, of Perry Hall, and Diana Fell, of Bowleys Quarters. As Father Lou sums it up, "It's a miraculous ending and a new beginning!" Welcome home Noelle and may you live happily ever after!

A message from Dennis M. Robinson Jr., president of the Perry Hall Improvement Association: Councilman David Marks recently announced that Baltimore County will permanently protect more than 38 acres of forested land at two locations in Perry Hall, the largest dedication of open space in more than a decade in this part of northeastern Baltimore County. The county will reclassify 8.2 acres of publicly-owned land in western Perry Hall as the Seven Oaks Environmental Conservation Area. The property is in the 9200 block of Seven Courts Drive north of the Seven Oaks Senior Center and southwest of Pinedale Drive.

Baltimore County will also preserve 29.6 acres of publicly-owned land to the north and south of the existing Indian Rock Park. Approximately 11 acres will be preserved north of Indian Rock Park between Ebenezer and East Joppa roads, and another 18.5 acres will be protected south of the park along Perry Hall Boulevard stretching across from the Southfield neighborhood. The park already includes 16.5 acres of protected land. Collectively, the new acreage and the existing park will be called the Indian Rock Environmental Conservation Area, stretching across 46 acres in eastern Perry Hall.

Thanks to Councilman Marks and County Executive Kamenetz for their efforts on this project.

To share your news or announcement in the Perry Hall/Kingsville area, send your e-mail to write2shell@yahoo.com or phone 443-286-5881.

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