ST. IGNACE, Michigan (WLUC/Gray News) – A Florida family has found their dog thanks in part to the support of Upper Michigan residents.
Florida residents Meagan Glesser and her dad Tom Glesser were on their way to a summer property in the Upper Peninsula when their beloved family dog, Izzy, decided to make the hike a little more adventurous. The father and daughter had just crossed the Mackinac Bridge to UP, when Izzy escaped by surprise from their vehicle.
Izzy jumped out of the car, crossing traffic lanes on I-75 before being hit by a car and running through the woods in the St. Ignace area.
“My first instinct was to scream her name and that’s when an SUV going about 35 miles an hour hit her,” Meagan Glesser said.
The pup went missing for two days as they waited outside near the highway, hoping to catch a glimpse of him.
Their search for Izzy circulated on Facebook, gaining help from animal search groups like Moore’s Lost K9 Search and Recovery and Michigan Lost and Found Pet Network.
Additionally, nearly 40 Yoopers ventured into St. Ignace to bring food and blankets to the family and help them search for Izzy.
“I was stunned. I was an airline pilot for 37 years and I was a Navy pilot for 10 years before that. Of all the places I’ve been, I’ve never been to a community like this in St. Ignatius that exploded in helping,” said Tom Glesser.
On Tuesday, a woman called to say she thought she spotted Izzy in a section of woods along the highway. The Glessers drove to where Meagan lay down in the grass next to Izzy and coaxed her until she came to her name.
Izzy is now safe with her family.
Meagan Glesser said she will never forget the help of a community of strangers.
“I turned to my dad and said, ‘I really want to move here now because it’s just unheard of, that kind of support,'” Meagan said. “We are very grateful to everyone who helped us find our dog. It’s just a dog but it was a really traumatic event that I will never forget, I learned a lot.
They will hold a rally this Saturday at Bridge View Park in St. Ignace to personally thank everyone involved in the search for Izzy.
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