Worrying over her lost service dog has been keeping Janice Musgrove up at night.
She was beside herself Friday, appealing to The Telegraph to help get the dog back.
All the while, the threads of social media were about to weave together a reunion for the blind woman and the companion animal that helps her cope.
When the 80-year-old widow lost her sight about 10 years ago, she had to relearn to do almost everything.
Over the past year, she has worked with Holly, an Eskimo spitz trained especially to help Musgrove with daily activities.
Days ago, the furry white dog with a curved tail disappeared from Musgrove’s daughter’s backyard on Rogers Avenue near Ingleside Avenue, she said.
Musgrove left Holly with her a few days because the daughter has a fenced yard, which makes caring for the dog much easier in the cold weather, she said.
“I feel like somebody knows where my dog is, but I’m offering a $100 reward for information that leads to the return of my dog,” Musgrove said. “I don’t know whether to be hopeful because it has been so long.”
It seemed like forever to Musgrove, who originally said the dog was last seen Feb 2 instead of earlier this week.
Someone might have taken her, Musgrove thought, because she is such a good looking dog.
Turns out, a Feb. 9 post from Allyson Lamb on AC Pup’s Facebook page pictured Holly with this notice: “Found this sweet pup on my front porch during the storm on Buford Place!”
Lamb said she saw the dog running toward Vineville Avenue in Monday's thunderstorm.
"There was thunder and lightning, really bad, so I tried to get her," Lamb said. "She finally came up to me and she went up on our front porch. She is a sweet dog."
Lamb's daughter started calling her Millie and the little dog was becoming increasingly comfortable with the Lambs.
Once Allyson Lamb got word of Millie's true identity, she canceled her plans for the movies and worked on reuniting Musgrove with her beloved pet.
Before she suddenly lost her eyesight, Musgrove painted portraits and even guaranteed her work, she said.
Now she relies on the dog to help with a number of tasks and provide companionship.
Her sister suggested she contact The Telegraph earlier Friday in hopes a story on her missing dog would help find her.
“She is well-trained, just for her,” said LaCora Douglas. “My sister needs that dog.”
Douglas got a call Friday evening that the dog had been found.
“It’s the most amazing story I’ve ever heard in my life,” said Douglas.
Lamb and her husband, Bobby, Mercer University's head football coach, took Holly to Musgrove at 11 p.m. Friday so she could stop worrying and get some rest.
"Oh, Holly," Musgrove exclaimed as the dog nuzzled up to her face. "It seems like she's been gone forever. I didn't sleep at all last night."
To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.