Celebrity Finds Missing Dog

Source: The Chicago Tribune

When Chelsea Blackwell’s dachshund, Blue, went missing last week she was devastated.

Organizing a local search, she drove for an hour before encountering a police barricade that was cordoning off an area near the Greyhound bus station in Albany, New York.

“I pulled over and thought, oh man,did someone get shot? What’s going on?” she said. “I mean, there were like eight police cars. There was like all these people with cameras.”

Fortunately, instead of encountering tragedy, she had stumbled upon a movie crew.

“I started asking everybody if they saw my small brown dog,” she said.

“You won’t believe this,” she recalled a crew member telling her, but one of the celebrity actors had found her dog.

After a brief phone call, about an hour later, a gray car pulled up, and there was Blue sitting in the lap of two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank.

“I was like, ‘No way,’” Blackwell said. “As soon as she got out of the car, I kissed Blue and said, ‘Thank you so much.’”

Blackwell asked Swank for her autograph, but Swank did better: They took a picture.

“I’d stopped and asked if someone [had] seen a little brown dog? A man walked over to my car and said, ‘Yes, this woman picked him up,’” she wrote in her post.

“I said who? He replied, a celebrity,” Blackwell wrote. “He called the person who had him. And they said she’s on her way back. You’ll never guess who had him?”

The Million Dollar Baby herself.

Swank is no stranger to rescuing dogs.

Swank established a foundation, Hilaroo — a portmanteau of her name and the name of a dog she adopted, Karoo — that matches abandoned dogs with children whom the foundation says “have been given up on by society.”

For Blackwell, the loss of Blue as a companion would have contributed to increased stress following the loss of her mother in August.

“I was just, I was losing my mind because I’ve had Blue since he was a little puppy,” she said. “After losing my mom and my cousin, I didn’t want to lose my best friend, too.”

Thanks to Swank, Blackwell will not have that to worry about.

Source: The Chicago Tribune