Reunited with Rosie

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, March 28 2012 at 4:28 PM, Updated: Wed, March 28 2012 at 4:41 PM

A 'miracle dog' is back home with her family after being lost in the woods near Keno for over three weeks.

Rosie the dog is back home, and chasing bubbles.  Owner Marjorie Waltman is overjoyed...

"Tears.  My family is back together.  It just didn't feel right for weeks, and now it does - now it feels good."

Rosie ran off after a deer on the evening of February 29th.  Her owner John Waltman got lost when he went out and tried to find her.

"I got turned around, turned backwards out there.  And then the storm came in, and I couldn't find my way home."

Mrs. Waltman notes that neighbors assisted Klamath County search and rescue crews...

"We'd only been here two days.  And we, all of our neighbors, everybody lit up their yards - I mean, we didn't even have flashlights - they lent us flashlights, they went out and looked."

Neighbor Troy Culver eventually located Mr. Waltman...

"I heard John snoring over there against a tree.  I ran over there, and hollered at my wife, to go get search and rescue - we got him out of here."

But Rosie was still on the loose - until a neighbor found her last weekend by the Klamath River.  John Waltman notes that the reunion was a happy one...

"So we went up there, and saw her, and brought her home and it's been great."

Rosie isn't saying what she's been up to for the past three weeks.  But the Waltmans are just happy to be back together.

John Waltman spent five days in the hospital after his ordeal, and another week recovering at home.

Rosie the dog lost a lot of weight while she was lost, but she's now getting veterinary care.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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