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Izzie found after missing a month

Found: Lab on the lam. That's the way the testimonial ad might read for Izzie, the yellow lab missing a month in Hubbard County. Izzie was found three days after her distraught owners turned to a newspaper ad to find her after she ran away from h...

Izzie
The yellow lab was found after a hunter spotted her near Lake Alice Monday. Scott Disney cleaned Izzie up, removed ticks and fed her - lots. (Submitted photos)

Found: Lab on the lam.

That's the way the testimonial ad might read for Izzie, the yellow lab missing a month in Hubbard County.

Izzie was found three days after her distraught owners turned to a newspaper ad to find her after she ran away from her Big Sand Lake cabin Sept. 7.

Fargo residents Doug and Sarah Andrews Herman had spent the month peppering the area with flyers. (Because dogs can be lactose intolerant, milk cartons weren't a good first option for an ad vehicle.)

On that fateful day, Izzie had just had a bath and wasn't wearing her collar when she took off with Ozzie, her canine companion.

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Ozzie, a black and white English setter, is still missing. Ozzie is wearing a collar and has been sighted in the Menahga and Perham areas. Hermans are hopeful Ozzie will come home, too.

Scott Disney was hunting Monday night when he saw her. He remembered the ad. "There's not too many short white dogs out there," he said. Izzie was about a mile south of the Lake Alice Store, Disney said. He called her Izzie. She came to him.

"She was pretty timid but with a treat, you can get a dog to do anything for you," said Disney, a dog lover. 'She was in fantastic shape. Her eyes weren't sunken in as if she was dehydrated, but her paunch was sagging so she was hungry. She was covered in ticks."

It's unclear where Izzie's odyssey took her, but from the smell, Disney knew she'd encountered a skunk along her travels.

Disney took her home, cleaned her up and fed her. "She ate pretty good," he said. "The first pass I pulled about 30 ticks off her."

He found the ad and called Hermans.

The next day he met Sarah Herman in Detroit Lakes.

"When Sarah got out of her car, the dog went nuts," Disney said.

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The Hermans are walking testimonials to the power of advertising.

"I was just distraught," Sarah said. "This was my last-ditch effort.'

Three days after the ad came out, Izzie was home.

"It's amazing," Doug Herman said. "After a few weeks I thought we'd never get her back." They envisioned the worst - Izzie getting stuck in a trap in the woods or another terrible fate.

"What a great guy," Sarah Herman said of Disney, "Can you imagine taking home a dog who smelled like a skunk and was covered with a zillion ticks? If it hadn't been for the ad he said he wouldn't have stopped."

Hermans aren't sure why the dogs separated, but they have flyers up looking for Ozzie. He's an 80-pound setter that was just trimmed before he took off, so his fur is shorter than his pictures show. He's 7½ .

"They say dogs travel in concentric circles," Sarah said. The reason they advertised for Izzie and not Ozzie was that for they'd had calls about Ozzie, but none about their beloved 4½ -year-old lab.

Hermans kept checking area animal shelters in case someone turned Izzie in. Two weeks ago, when they'd pretty much given up hope, they adopted Abbie, a yellow lab who'd been in a shelter since July.

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Izzie's homecoming was spoiled by this new interloper, Sarah said. "They just didn't get along," she said.

Abbie now has a new home with three children who love her, Sarah said.

Izzie is being spoiled rotten. Now if only Ozzie would come home, this story would have the perfect ending.

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