Marge Brown, 87, of Sheffield braved this morning's chill and snow-covered roads to drive to Akron with her husband on the lingering hope that her missing dog might be at the Summit County pound.
Brown was devastated to find out that not only was 17 1/2-year-old Megan not at the pound, there wasn't even a single Yorkie.
"There was no Yorkie," Brown sobbed early this afternoon. "I can't understand how I got five phone calls."
Brown said she tries to stay out of animal shelters because she is such an animal lover and becomes emotional for each and every one of them that doesn't have a home. But even after staff told her Megan wasn't there, she had to see for herself, checking each and every cage, she said.
"I couldn't come this far and just take their word for it," she said. "I had to make sure, and she wasn't there. I'm so upset again.
"I don't know if I should just give up, but I just don't feel like she's dead. I know that after this length of time it's getting a little ridiculous, but I love her, and I was her mom."
Brown isn't sure what her next step will be. She's had an offer of a free Yorkie from a breeder in Bellevue who heard her story.
That dog won't be available immediately, though, so she has some time to make up her mind.
"It's so hard to answer that because Megan's been with me for so long," she said. "Megan was so spoiled. I don't know if anybody would put up with her."
Megan disappeared from Brown's home — near Abbe and Detroit roads — on Nov. 15. Megan is deaf and has only limited vision.
Brown asks anyone who might have information about Megan's whereabouts to call her at (440) 934-5708.
Contact Rona Proudfoot at 329-7124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.