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Meyla the elkhound, missing for a week, turns up safe

Meyla the Norwegian Elkhound, pictured on a 'missing' poster in late August, 2018
Meyla the Norwegian Elkhound, pictured on a 'missing' poster in late August, 2018.

A Norwegian Elkhound missing in Yellowknife for a week has turned up safe and well.

Meyla was the subject of a $300 reward after she disappeared at the city’s sandpits, a popular dog-walking area, on the afternoon of Sunday, August 26.

Despite a tireless campaign to publicize her disappearance and organize searches, a week went by with no news.

But Tia Hanna – who runs pet services and grooming company Happy Pooch – took to Facebook on Monday to reveal Meyla’s safe return.



“Someone saw a dog matching her description cross the highway heading for the golf club,” wrote Hanna.

“Her parents went out searching and found her waiting for them at the entrance to the sandpits.

“My whole body is tingling. Dogs are truly amazing creatures. She got herself lost and she found her way back after more than a week.”

Meyla will be checked over by a vet but, according to Hanna, “seems to be in excellent health.”

Simone Tielesh, one of Meyla’s owners, posted: “We are beyond thrilled! In shock … and so grateful.”

“I’m in tears. So happy for you all,” added Nicole Spencer, president of the NWT SPCA animal shelter.