Dog gets lost, owner gets lost, then both are found

Sue O'Brien, a UF Assistant Professor at the Department of History and Center for African Studies, is reunited with her lost dog.

Sue O'Brien/Special to the Sun
Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 11:42 p.m.

Sue O'Brien biked into the Hatchet Creek Wildlife Reserve to find her lost dog. Ironically, she ended up getting lost herself.

At around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, O'Brien got lost in the reserve while looking for her dog, then notified friend Katrina Schwartz, who in turn notified the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office was able to track O'Brien using her cell phone signal. She then was observed by police helicopter pilots doing recertification training nearby.

The helicopter picked up O'Brien and took her to the Gainesvlle airport, where a deputy picked her up and took her home. All turned out OK. O'Brien ended up finding both her dog and her bike by 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

"This whole situation was kind of surreal," she said, "but it was a surreal story with a happy ending."

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