The other night, Louie ran away.
It was around 10:15. The Mombellos have an invisible fence, but somehow Louie — a 10-month-old puppy — escaped.
Julie Mombello was about to pick up her husband Michael at the train station. She left a frantic voicemail: Find a ride home. She was looking for Louie.
The doors didn’t open at the Green’s Farms platform. Several people missed the stop. Amy Harris and Michael Cohen, who live around the corner from the Mombellos, gave Michael Mombello a ride home. He told them the puppy was missing.
They dropped Michael at his home, on the corner of Long Lots Road and Turkey Hill. Quickly, they returned. They said they thought they’d just seen Louie, running up Linda Lane.
Amy dropped her husband at home, then drove back. She wanted to keep looking.
Julie and her husband searched the streets off Long Lots: Linda Lane, Elmwood, Moss Ledge.
Amy — now accompanied by her son — kept looking too.
Around 11;45 p.m., Julie’s cell phone rang. A woman on High Point Road thought she had Louie.
As Julie pulled into that street, a car came down. It was Amy and her son — still searching for Louie.
Julie told Amy she thought they’d found him. Amy pulled over to wait.
When Julie walked out of the High Point house, holding Louie in her arms, Amy and her son came over. They told her how happy and thankful they were he’d been found.
By then it was midnight. Amy — a stranger to Julie a couple of hours earlier — had been out with friends in New York. Julie is sure the last thing Amy wanted to do was look for a lost puppy that wasn’t even hers.
But she did.
Julie was overwhelmed by her perseverance, and the kindness of the woman on High Point who got up to see why a dog was barking in her yard at 11:45.
It was cold last week. Louie is little. Julie shudders to think what might have happened.
“This whole experience made us feel like we were living in a small town again, where people actually care about their neighbors,” Julie says.
The next day, she dropped thank-you notes in both families’ mailboxes.
But it was such a feel-good story, she wants to share it with the “06880” world.
PS: A couple of days later, Julie received a note in the mail. The woman on High Point Road thanked Julie for her note, adding that as a life-long dog person, she knows “all about the feelings enmeshed with our canine family members.”
She signed the note “Baba and family.”
Baba Ganoush is her dog.