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The wandering wonderdog

Scott Condon/The Aspen Times

Aspen, CO ColoradoBASALT No one knows better than Roxy the wonderdog just how cold it’s been lately.Roxy bolted from her foster mom in Basalt on the evening of Jan. 11 and eluded capture until Tuesday. The temperature plunged to 10 below zero and colder at least three of the nights she ran loose.”I told my husband, ‘If we don’t find the dog [Tuesday] she’s going to be a goner,'” said Susan Frazier, Roxy’s temporary mom. “It’s been so cold.” The Animal Rescue Foundation pulled Roxy out of a neglected living situation, and she is awaiting adoption at All Valley Pet Care.

Frazier and her husband recently lost their golden retriever, who died at age 15. She missed being around dogs, so she volunteered to walk them under ARF’s care. She took a liking to Roxy and wanted to help socialize the skittish pup so she would have a better chance for adoption.Roxy is believed to be between 2 and 3 years old and apparently has greyhound and possible Australian shepherd in her mix. She weighs between 25 and 30 pounds.Frazier provided a foster home for Roxy starting Jan. 10 and was walking her to her office at the Roaring Fork Land Co. the next evening when a Dalmatian lunged at Roxy: “She was so terrified she just wiggled out of her collar.”The dog bolted from downtown Basalt and headed uphill. She hid in the neighborhood between Homestead Drive and Cedar Drive. Frazier spent virtually every waking hour trying to track Roxy.”I would see her, but she wouldn’t let anyone near her,” she said. Naturally, she spent sleepless nights worrying.

Roxy became somewhat of a cause célèbre after Frazier plastered posters around town. Police officers kept an eye out for the dog. Cedar Drive residents vowed to try to collar her, and some workers at Town Hall pitched in when they could. Basalt’s obviously a dog-friendly town, Frazier sad.Frazier even had friends from Massachusetts praying to St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, for Roxy’s recovery.”If you knew how much time I spent looking for this dog, you’d be embarrassed for me,” she said with a laugh.While Frazier and others spotted Roxy numerous times, she would run away whenever anyone tried to catch her. Frazier borrowed a live trap and tried to lure her in with “a real stinky stew.” Frazier watched from her vehicle as Roxy cautiously sniffed and looked inside the trap. She darted away when a car passed close by.

Frazier finally asked the woman who had been feeding Roxy at the kennel – someone the dog knew and trusted – to help. The woman was able to get close enough to slip a leash on Roxy at the trap.The dog apparently scrounged food from somewhere around Cedar Drive during her brush with the wild; she didn’t lose any weight, Frazier said. As soon as Roxy was back at Frazier’s house Tuesday, she made herself at home and acted like nothing happened: “She jumped right up on the couch,” Frazier said.As much as Frazier would like to adopt Roxy, it’s too soon for her and her husband after the death of their golden. But Frazier put in a good character reference for Roxy: The dog is smart, loving and obviously thick-skinned.Anyone interested in adoption can call Peggy at the Animal Rescue Foundation, 948-3964.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is scondon@aspentimes.com.

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