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June 16, 2019

5/17/2019 10:36:00 AM
One of the best Mothers Day endings possible
J. Patrick Reilly

Mothers Day took on a little extra meaning for a rural Iowa County family this year.
The story does not involve a mother but rather a dog named after a mother and grandmother who passed a couple years ago. The dog belongs to Chase and Kari Moen, Cobb, and carries the name Sophie, the name of Chase's grandmother and his father, Lloyd's mother. She is also a very cherished pet of Chase and Kari's three young children.
Sophie and her sister, Mabel, who is named after Kari's late grandmother, came home with the Moen's after they went to Blue River with the plan to pick up one puppy. But Sophie and Mabel were the last two left of the litter and the Moens noticed their closeness. That was enough to have them return to Cobb with not one, but two pups.
The pups were to be Blue Heeler and Collie mix but Chase feels there may be more to the bloodline. That did not matter, though, as the pups were loved the moment they arrived back at the Cobb farm,
The farm has two residences with Chase and Kari and their family living in one and Lloyd living in the other. That arrangement fit well with the two pups as they knew they are welcome at both homes.
The dogs are now three years old and firmly embedded in the Moen family routine. The day before Easter they were in Chase's Ranger as he was checking the fields to see what needed spraying. At one point the pups jumped out and started exploring the area which was not uncommon. What was uncommon was that only Mabel returned.
The Moens started searching for Sophie. They checked the entire farm and then visited the neighbors to see if anyone had seen their pet.
No one had.
Chase said they put a blanket and some food where they had last seen Sophie. Kris said they put the message Sophie was missing on social media and they received calls from as far away as Cassville.
They checked out every one of the calls and came up disappointed.
"None of the dogs were Sophie," Kari said sadly.
The search went on for three weeks and Chase was beginning to think the worst.
"Maybe a coyote got her, we were thinking," he said.
The fact Sophie was missing weighed heavily on Chase, Kris and their three children who are three, six and eight. They had become very attached to the young dog.
But they were not the only one taking it hard. So was Sophie's sister, Mabel.
"She would lay around and did not care to eat much," the Moens said. "This was the first time the two had been separated and it was devastating for her. She was depressed and was missing her sister greatly."
But life goes on and while the flicker of hope may get dimmer it never goes out until there is closure.
Closure came Mothers Day in the best way possible.
It was about 6 p.m. when a small dog was discovered looking in the window at Lloyd's house.
It was Sophie.
"She was pudgy when she jumped out of the Ranger that day and went on her trip to who knows where," Chase said. "She came back thin and didn't smell the greatest but she was back and that is all that matters."
It mattered to Lloyd who was able to observe Mothers Day with the dog returning that had his wife's name.
It mattered to the three Moen children who are overjoyed with having their pet return to them.
It mattered to Chase and Kari who are overjoyed their children are happy with their pet returning.
And it mattered to Mabel who has her sister back and for her everything is right with the world.
"It was a fitting end to Mothers Day," the Moens agree.

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