NORTH MANKATO —
Holding a handful of fliers in her hand, she wondered if Cocoa, her 2-year-old sheltie, would ever find her way home.
But she hung that flier, positioning it among those pleading for help finding missing beagles and calico cats. In fact, she and her husband made 200 fliers and hung every one of them up on telephone poles and tree trunks and walked the streets of lower North Mankato handing them out door to door.
Cocoa went missing April 25. She was last seen near the intersection of Belgrade Avenue and Range Street. She’s shy and timid. The flier cautioned people to not chase Cocoa or call out her name. As with other lost-pet fliers, this one gave a phone number to call in case anyone saw her.
This one may have had tears. But they were the other kind. Because this story has a happy ending. Cocoa made her way home, all right. And in the process, her owner discovered something about her community she might not have discovered were she not thrown into adversity.