Remains of lost dog found not far from site of disappearance

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On June 30, hundreds of Uxbridge community members began rallying together to help search for missing dog Shep, an 11-year-old, blind, golden retriever who went missing after he wandered off into the woods while on a walk at the Thistledown Pet Memorial, just south of Uxbridge. After months of wondering, this past weekend Shep’s remains were found.

Stephanie and Keith Russell were walking their two dogs just southwest of Thistledown, and found the remains under a tree.

“I like to think he lay down in the shade, and too tired to go on, he simply went to sleep and never woke up,” says Cindy Ouellette, one of the original searchers and a friend of Colette (Cauli) Brown, Shep’s owner.

Shep was identified by his collar and ID tags.

“There was an outpouring of love and appreciation for a dog who had faithfully served his beloved human, Jim Brown, who had become injured as a first responder while on duty. Jim sadly passed away and Shep was living out his senior years, enjoying his walks with Cauli and the family,” says Ouellette.

She passes on thanks and appreciation from Shep’s family, who is once again grieving.

“There is a closure, a peace, knowing his collar and tags are finally back at home with Cauli, where they belong, and that Shep is reunited with Jim, who was waiting for him just on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.”

Thistledown is arranging a memorial service for Shep; the date will be announced on their Facebook page.

Justyne Edgell, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Uxbridge Cosmos