SHEFFIELD — An elderly Sheffield woman whose beloved pet ran away several months ago is attempting to move on but not giving up hope she'll find her prized dog.
Marge Brown, 87, said today that she's adopted a 5-year-old Yorkie offered to her from a breeder in western Ohio.
She's had Gabby for about 3 weeks, but she hasn't given up hope on finding Megan.
Brown first gained the public's attention when she took out large classified ads several months ago with pictures of her Megan after she went missing.
Megan, a 17 1/2-year old Yorkie, slipped out of sight in Brown’s yard — in the area of Abbe and Detroit roads — the evening of Nov. 15, she said. Megan is deaf and can’t see very well, Brown said.
When Brown first met Gabby, she said she was skeptical of bringing a new dog into her life.
She told her husband, Bud, "I'm going to give this dog a chance. (But) I'll never lover her the same (as Megan).
"However, she is the most precious. She's really sweet with me, and she loves to be held, but there's that spot in my heart, and I'm waiting for Megan."
Brown said that while she will never give up on waiting for Megan to come home, she has written a letter she plans to run in the paper thanking everyone who's helped look for her.
"I get a minimum of one or two calls a week," she said. "It's wonderful that people are thinking about it."
She wrote the letter two weeks ago, she said, but she can't bear to send it.
"I don't know why I keep hanging on to this hope," she said, adding that she gets multiple calls each week from people who've seen her story.
And there are everyday examples of why Brown continues to hang on to that hope.
"Last night I was on Facebook, and I saw a dog who had been missing for four years, and she got reconnected with her owners," she said.
"I can't believe the people that have been so faithful calling me," she said, adding that she's been getting calls from all over the country — just last night from a man in Arizona who happens to have a connection to Sheffield and read about her online.
As for Megan, Marge says: "I'll never give up. I'm always watching, and I'm constantly on Facebook and (a Yorkie resuce website)," she said. "I don't go anywhere. I'm just afraid I'll miss a call, or someone will knock on the door."
Brown asks anyone who might have information about Megan’s whereabouts to call her at (440) 934-5708.
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