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Soldier’s lament
by Jason Collins
Aug 16, 2013 | 1065 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Help sought to find Elizabeth before her owner, a soldier stationed in Afghanistan, comes home.
Help sought to find Elizabeth before her owner, a soldier stationed in Afghanistan, comes home.
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BEEVILLE – Goldie Banta is hopeful someone has found the little Yorkshire terrier that escaped her yard Sunday.

Her hope is not for her but for her son who will be returning from Afghanistan in a few weeks.

Elizabeth is his dog and they have been together through a war and a divorce.

Her son Dallas, who is serving in the Army, got her as a pup while stationed in Germany.

When he came back to the states, he brought her with him. That wasn’t cheap either.

“When you are overseas and on military bases, in order to bring them back to the states, you have to pay expensive fees,” the soldier’s mother said.

Elizabeth, who is about 4 years old with a golden face and brown fur on her back, even stayed with Dallas after his divorce.

“In the divorce, she decided to let him keep her,” Goldie said.

Goldie said that she has scoured the neighborhood around their home at 1210 Yosemite Drive. But nothing so far.

This isn’t the first time Elizabeth has escaped from her yard.

Back in about July, the terrier pulled a Houdini and disappeared during a thunderstorm.

“She is scared of thunder. She weaved her way through a place in the gate,” Goldie said.

Again, she scoured the neighborhood.

City animal control officers found the terrier out by the adult probation department.

The officers who found Elizabeth at that time were able to identify the dog’s address by the chip in its skin because pets in Germany are required to have the devices. The problem was that Dallas hadn’t updated the address to Beeville — it still showed the German base.

Fortunately, the dog’s photo was posted on Facebook where Goldie saw it.

“I got to the dog pound and sure enough it was her,” she said.

Goldie said she doesn’t know just how far the terrier roamed this time but she hopes someone finds and returns her before he son gets home.

“I am curious of where she is and how far she went,” Goldie said. “Hopefully she didn’t get hit.”

Anyone who has seen Elizabeth is asked to call Goldie at 361-254-0755.

Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.
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