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Weesatche woman searches for pet husky

By Johnathan Silver
June 5, 2014 at 1:05 a.m.

Kara, a husky, disappeared from her home in Weesatche on Friday.

HOW TO HELP

Anyone who has information on Kara can contact the Harwells at:

• facebook.com/ operationbringkarahome

• 361-218-7974 or 361-564-2862

Kara wants to get along with everyone - even skunks.

The 2-year-old Siberian husky is known to wander off from her owner's property in Weesatche. But May 30, when she left, she did not come back home, where owner Lesley Harwell and her husband, Robert Harwell, manage cattle and raise other dogs and horses.

As of Thursday afternoon, she was still missing.

In the past, she has returned home on occasion smelling like a certain smelly creature, as she wants to get to know everyone she meets.

"I swear this dog thinks she's a skunk," Harwell said.

Harwell has posted fliers, reached out to local animal service providers, placed an ad in the Victoria Advocate and on Craigslist and created a Facebook page, "Kara Harwell."

Kara, who has a microchip implant, has small, white spots in between her shoulder blades, an overbite and scar on her back left knee, according to the Craigslist post.

Kara's come a long way. Harwell said she and her husband adopted the husky a year ago. She was underweight and malnourished. The couple nursed Kara back to health, at which point she revealed her true personality, Harwell said.

"We didn't think she'd be so goofy," she said, describing a bouncy, quirky husky that often would get in people's personal space.

Harwell describes Kara as an accident-prone husky who likes to go on adventures and make new acquaintances, even if it leads to other animals' retaliating, such as from skunks, horses and cattle - all of which she has experienced.

"This girl," Harwell said, "she makes bad decisions."

But her actions come from a genuine place, as she came from a less fortunate background, Harwell noted.

"She's got all these new friends," she said, "and I guess she just wants them to like her."

In many cases, pets go missing because they find their way out of a location where they normally are placed, such as digging their way under a fence, said Heather Kern, assistant supervisor with the Victoria City-County Animal Shelter. When a pet disappears in Victoria County, contact her department first, she said.

Owners also can place a notice of lost and found pets on the Craigslist Victoria page, contact Adopt-A-Pet of Victoria and the Dorothy H. O'Connor Pet Adoption Center and place an ad in the Victoria Advocate, which is free for three days, she said.

If anyone sees Kara, Harwell said she responds to her name. She responds best to people who squat and have food.

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