NORTH MANKATO —
Bernardy called Minnesota Sheltie Rescue, a group that finds homes for adoptable shelties. They gave her advice on how to go about finding Cocoa. They also gave her hope. A sheltie missing in the Twin Cities once was found after 96 days. They also sought help from Lost Dogs Minnesota, a group that aids in the search for lost pets. They helped the Bernardys create a flier and put them in touch with a liaison in Le Center who helped their search.
While Rick has several children from a previous marriage, Gwen does not. And she freely admits that her dogs fill that place in her life.
Even though Cocoa had only been with the family for a year, she’d made quite an impression.
From 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., they went door to door and rode their bikes around the neighborhood, calling her name, scouring every corner of every street in the neighborhood. In the process, the people of their community took notice, and took interest.
“I was very surprised,” Bernardy said. “Pretty much all of lower North was helping us.”