Lost dog tale features a happy ending [Perry Hall]

Lost dog tale features a happy ending [Perry Hall]

On their return flight home from a lovely spring vacation, Perry Hall residents Mary and Roger Colbert looked forward to a happy reunion with their favorite four-legged family member, Chauncey. They had adopted Chauncey, a little terrier, from the Maryland SPCA seven years ago and she has been with them ever since.

Chauncey was there as the two Colbert daughters grew into women and set out on their own. She moved with Mary and Roger when they downsized two years ago from their family home on Joppa Road to a condominium across from the Honeygo Village Shopping Center.


However, when the Colberts arrived home from their trip, their beloved dog was missing.

On May 1, Chauncey enjoyed what began as a nice outing to Honeygo Park on Honeygo Boulevard with her caretaker during the Colberts' absence. She was let off leash and took off like a jet after a squirrel. Chauncey was gone. Although there had been several sightings of her in the past two weeks in the vicinity of the park and surrounding streets, she was now running from people — typical behavior for many lost dogs.

Fliers were posted, handed to bus drivers, given to her vet's office and elsewhere. Thankfully, Chauncey has a microchip that can be scanned (for free) by any vet's office or shelter to reveal her family's contact information. She was wearing her brown and pink collar with ID, rabies and license tags. A sighting on Forge Road turned out not to be Chauncey; a look-alike lives in that neighborhood. A desperate Mary commented through tears, "It's been awful. It's like a roller coaster as some days are OK when we have sightings and some are much harder when we don't hear anything."

Well, Mary's and Roger's reunion with Chauncey happened on the evening of May 17, after two weeks and two days. They received a call on a sighting from Samantha Sudano, whose friend saw Chauncey in the rain on Philadelphia Road. In responding to the sighting, they rode around by themselves until they happened upon their pup in front of the New Life Church on Lorelei Road off Philadelphia Road. Mary got out of their car and offered Chauncey a treat. When the dog looked like she was going to take off, May got down on the ground with the treat in her hand. Roger opened his car door and said, "C'mon Chauncey, let's go for a ride." Mary remarked, "You could see her face change from fear to recognition, as she caught our scent."

The offer was too good for Chauncey to pass up as she came over to Mary, took the treat and jumped into the car.Happy tears of disbelief ensued. The Colberts took her to the vet to find only the vet tech on duty. While there, the tech looked her over, removed one embedded tick and scheduled an appointment. Mary reports Chauncey has lost three pounds, three ticks and looks to be in good shape — no fleas, no cuts and no scrapes. Back home, Chauncey acts like she never left, except for sleeping with one eye open. On her first night home, every time Mary or Roger moved in bed, she looked up.

The Colberts give their heartfelt thanks for their extremely happy reunion with Chauncey to the following people: their daughters and family; Jenn with Dogs Finding Dogs for giving such good information on how to proceed when they found Chauncey; neighbors and friends, especially Samantha and Breanna Sudano; Yvonne and her husband, and everyone else who helped in anyway. The calls offering assistance touched Mary's heart. "Going through all this and having so many kind offers to help has renewed my faith in mankind," she added. "We're thrilled and glad to have her back. The leash is never coming off this dog."

A huge, community thank-you to the more than 30 volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 124 for making improvements to the trail in the Seven Oaks Environmental Conservation Area, which is located behind the elementary school and senior center. On Saturday, April 30, Eagle Scout candidate Nick Watts led the volunteers. Several local residents helped, picking up trash throughout the wooded area. The group installed six benches, cleared the trail and spread mulch. Eagle Scout candidate Peter Mulligan Jr. will repair the steps and bridge later this summer. "I am very proud of Nick Watts and all those who volunteered on a rainy weekend," Councilman David Marks commented. "The trail will be an asset to the elementary school and the community. Special thanks also to Dow's Landscaping for excavation work."

The final Outdoor Concert in Perry Hall will be held Friday evening, May 27, starting at 6 p.m. on the lawn of Perry Hall Middle School, 4300 Ebenezer Road in Perry Hall. Admission is free. This last concert features Strait Shooter (The best of the 1980's, 90's & today). The outdoor concerts are funded through a grant from Baltimore County government, with the support of the Perry Hall/White Marsh Business Association. For more info, "like" and go to

The summer concerts at Jerusalem Mill Village, 2813 Jerusalem Road in Kingsville resume in June. Summer Concerts in the Meadow take place Sundays, from 6 to 8 p.m. and feature the following in June: June 5, Blue Stone (bluegrass) and June 19, 2nd Sole (rock & blues). Tickets are $5 members/seniors/12-16 years old, 12 and under free, $10 for nonmembers. Possible location change in the event of inclement weather. Check/cash only. Bring blanket/chairs. Please bring a canned food for the local food pantry. There will be a food vendor on site. For more info, call the event hotline, 410-877-3679.

Seven Oaks Senior Center, 9210 Seven Courts Drive in Perry Hall, is holding a Father's Day Breakfast on Tuesday, June 14 at 9:30 a.m. Celebrate fathers with the Omelette Man. Following breakfast, The Amazing Josini performs. His unique blend of magic, ventriloquism, singing, acting, comedy and creative versatility has made him a favored entertainer. For more info or to become a member, contact the center at 410-887-5192.

Don't forget to save the date — July 8. That's when the Angel Park "community build" will take place, when members of the public join together to build the all-inclusive park. Thousands of volunteers are needed to make Angel Park a reality; about 10 days are needed for the project. Even if you're not handy with construction, please sign up to volunteer, as all skills are needed. Please go to the website to get involved, volunteer and sign up to receive Angel Park communications. You also have an opportunity to buy pickets and pavers to memorialize your family's contribution to the project. Angel Park will be located next to the Perry Hall Library at 9685 Honeygo Blvd. in Perry Hall.

American Legion Post 130, located at 8666 Silver Lake Drive in Perry Hall, hosts bingo every Thursday evening, from 7 to 9:45 p.m. Lite dinner fare is available beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more info, call the post at 410-870-0625.

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