Owners write book on finding their lost dog

Ann Sadler 
CCN Staff
Thursday, September 12, 2019
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Laura Gillice and David Sowers with Jade.

On the four-year anniversary of losing Jade in Yellowstone National Park, owners David Sowers and Laura Gillice are back in the area.  

On July 23, 2015, David, Laura and their dogs Laila and Jade, a young Australian shepherd at the time, were traveling home to Colorado after Laura finished judging a dog sporting event in the area.  

On the return trip through Yellowstone National Park, an oncoming driver swerved into their lane and they were in a near fatal, head on car crash between Norris Junction and Canyon Junction.  Following the accident, Jade’s dog crate was cracked open and she bolted from park rangers and was immediately lost in the park.  

David and Laura were quickly evacuated to a trauma center, treated for their injuries and then immediately began their search for Jade despite serious injuries and doctor’s orders not to leave.  

This immediate search was not successful in locating Jade.  David’s children, Angie and Scott, headed back next and spent five days looking and putting up signs. David and Laura returned another time for a five-day search and still came up empty handed.  

They felt devastated and ready to give up hope. The third trip was the charm when they decided to return after numerous sightings near were their wrecked truck was parked.   

After 44 days in the two-million-acre wilderness park and monumental efforts by her owner’s and many volunteers, Jade was joyously reunited with David and Laura.

Laura Caffrey has captured this story of Jade and her owner’s search for her in the book “Bring Jade Home”.  

A true story that weaves this traumatic, life changing accident and consequential loss of Jade against the backdrop of Yellowstone with all its wonders and challenges for a young, timid dog.  It covers the highs, lows and lengths people will go through to help others and protect their family and friends.

Laura, who is an American Kennel Club agility judge, was recently at Yellowstone Dog Sports judging the 2019 AKC Agility Trails.  David travelled with her again and so did Jade and Laila.

All three made a pit stop at Red Lodge Carnegie Library on Friday, Aug. 30 for a book signing and book purchase event. A pawtographed copy by Jade and signed copy by owner David is available for checkout at the Library.

 For more about Jade’s story and book visit at www.bringjadehome.com