About a week ago, Nicole Cantrill got a heart-stopping phone message from her mother.
“She said, ‘I totaled my car, Ziva is missing and I’m in the Saint Al’s ER,’ ” Cantrill recalled Friday.
Her 65-year-old mom, Patricia Robertson, was in a rollover crash on Idaho 55 north of Horseshoe Bend on Aug. 25. Robertson doesn’t remember what led up to the crash, which left her with a broken rib, bruises and cuts.
Her dog, Ziva, who was likely disoriented and scared by the crash, disappeared into the Boise County wilderness.
Six days after Cantrill posted a plea for help in finding Ziva on her Facebook page — which was shared more than 1,300 times — a Garden Valley woman named Jillian Sanford and her scent dog, Tango, tracked down the missing dog.
“We would have never found her without Jillian and Tango,” said Cantrill, who noted how difficult the terrain was to track the wayward pooch. “It’s a big stretch of river. ... We were climbing through poison ivy and shrubbery. I floated the river with some friends on Thursday and that was a better vantage point.”
Cantrill delivered the dog to her mom Friday.
“She said she would sleep so much better tonight,” Cantrill said. “She is so happy.”
The dog is “a little dinged up” after the weeklong ordeal, and she was scheduled to see a veterinarian on Saturday.
Many who live and play in the Horseshoe Bend area kept an eye out for the 6-year-old dog, a mixed breed that has the sleek build and large ears of a Pharoah dog and some of the coloring of German shepherd.
“The only reason we even knew where to start looking was because so many people reported seeing her above and below Mix Master, one of the rapids,” Cantrill said.
Concerned locals swapped information about Ziva sightings on Facebook groups like Horseshoe Bend Community Gatherings. Eric Faull, who created a thread about the missing dog on that page, posted a photo of the pork rib that he left at what he believed was Ziva’s den.
Another person posted a photo of a doggie treat she left on the dog’s makeshift bed.
Cantrill was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community.
“Of all places to get lost, I think Horseshoe Bend is possibly the most dog-friendly town,” she said. “It’s just incredible.”
On Friday, she posted a message of thanks on the community gatherings page.
“You took the time to search and post and care about a dog that you don’t even know. You all amaze me! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Ziva was all over the river this week and people kept their eyes open and let us know whenever she was spotted. We would have never been able to find her without your help!”