Missing dog reunited with owner

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NEW GLOUCESTER — If Huka, a chocolate Lab, could talk, owners Lee-Anne and Steve Dahms of Cobble Hill Road would be ecstatic to learn exactly what happened during the four days their beloved pet was missing.

Huka, a 6- or 7-year-old, had never run away before, Lee-Anne Dahms said. But last Saturday morning the dog left the couple’s property near the Maine Turnpike.

Dahms said she contacted the town’s animal control officer, posted signs throughout the area, and placed messages on Facebook and Craigslist seeking help finding her dog. She also left messages on her home and cell phones, hoping someone would call.

On Tuesday, the couple got a call from New Gloucester resident John Underwood who told Lee-Anne the dog was safe.

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The couple was reunited with Huka, who was well taken care of and at Underwood’s neighbor’s home.

Details of Huka’s whereabouts for four days are somewhat sketchy, however, Lee-Anne Dahms said.

Huka was found by motorist Robert Peaslee of South Portland by the side of the highway at mile 75 in Auburn, Peaslee said by telephone on Tuesday.

He said he got the dog into his car and got off the turnpike in Auburn, drove south and stopped at Link’s Variety Store in Upper Gloucester.

Peaslee said his wife sought information from store employees who suggested he take the dog to the town’s fire station on Route 100, he said.

The couple headed south again to the fire station, which was closed, and met Underwood, who was in the store when they left and followed them, Peaslee said.

Lee-Ann Dahms said she was distraught by the dog’s absence but thankful that Huka was home. She was grateful to all those who helped keep her dog safe.

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