Quesadilla, blind 14-year-old dog, reunited with owners
Jessica DiPietro took and posted this photograph of Quesadilla to her Facebook page Friday in an attempt to find the 14-year-old dog's owners. Purchase photo reprints »
EASTHAMPTON — Any dog lost in a city in the middle of winter is in need of help, but a blind and nearly deaf 14-year-old Chihuahua was definitely in trouble when she was found wandering in the street in downtown Easthampton Friday night, said one of her rescuers.
Jessica and Alicia DiPietro of 79 Northampton St. took in the frightened dog. They reunited her with her relieved owners only hours later.
“They were so happy,” Jessica DiPietro said of the reunited family, which included owner Kyle Lauchmen, his girlfriend, Erin Bruhn, and Quesadilla the Chihuahua. “They asked if there was anything they could do for us, but just seeing the dog going home and that the story had a happy ending was the best gift.”
Lauchmen said Monday that he and his girlfriend were not home that night when his roommate let the dog out to relieve herself. “She’s blind and mostly deaf so she gets discombobulated in all the snow,” he said. “I guess she wandered off and got lost.”
Alicia DiPietro said she was driving to the gym around 9 p.m. Friday when she saw the tiny tan dog walking on Campus Lane. “She was blind and deaf and just walking right in the street,” Alicia DiPietro said Monday.
She was worried the dog would be run over, so she got out of her car and, with some help from a passer-by, caught the frightened little dog.
Jessica DiPietro took over the effort to find Quesadilla’s owners, driving around the area, giving her phone number to anyone she saw in case they ran into anyone looking for a dog.
At about 10:30 p.m., she took Quesadilla to her home on Northampton Street and gave a description of the dog to Easthampton police.
“She was so sad,” DiPietro recalled. “She was just walking in circles, crying, and she wouldn’t eat or drink anything.”
She started posting photographs of the dog on Facebook and Twitter, hoping to find a clue about the dog’s owners. At 11:30 p.m. she got a call from an excited Bruhn, who had gotten her number from the police, and the couple came to pick up Quesadilla immediately.
“She really came to life when they got there,” DiPietro said. “She obviously means a lot to them.”
Lauchmen said Monday that he was relieved to have his beloved Quesadilla back.
“We’re so happy to have her back and so thankful that they found her and took care of her,” he said. “She’s doing fine.”
Rebecca Everett can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.