People across the Ohio Valley have been following along on 7News and on Facebook about a little puppy lost from his home. This wasn’t a normal dog, this was a stuffed animal.
After a week full of adventures around Wheeling, “Doug the Dog” stole our hearts, but he is now safe at home with his owner Bella. Now, the little puppy has become a symbol of creativity and culture and all that our community has to offer.
Bella’s mom Lisa says they didn’t even realize Doug, formerly just named Doggie was missing. Bella loves stuffed animals and has a big collection. Bella was attending a summer camp and took her doggie with her. She lost him in the Schrader Center at Oglebay, and instead of the staff tossing the little guy aside, they decided to take to social media to reunite him with his home.
Soon enough, Doug was all over Facebook, and was quite the local celebrity.
Lisa Eastman of the Oglebay Institute said they took Doug everywhere they went for the week, to the office, grocery shopping, on hikes, swimming, pottery making, dance classes, sampling local restaurants and more. Doug brought smiles to everyone and many memories of our favorite stuffed animals growing up.
Bella’s mom Lisa noticed a little dog on Facebook that everyone was talking about. When she showed Bella, she immediately knew it was her special animal.
“I really didn’t have any idea or any clue that this was going on until I saw the Facebook pictures, but I just think it’s great, I think it’s a great idea, I think that it made a lot of people happy,” said Powell.
“The fireman knew who he was when we stopped at the fire department a couple of days ago. They were all excited to see the famous dog at their fire station. It has been an incredible amount of fun, and a feel good story, to be able to take this adorable little dog and then you see this adorable little person that he belonged to just made it, very worthwhile” said Eastman.
“She was so excited she kept saying when are we going when are we going when are we going, you know, so, it made her happy. That’s all that matters that she’s happy,” said Powell.
Bella said she wants to keep taking Doug on adventures, and has asked her mom if they can keep documenting Doug’s travels.
There are a lot more pictures that will be posted from Doug’s week away from home on Facebook at the Oglebay Institute and the Oglebay Institute Instagram.
The institute also says that your family might be able to get in on some of the fun, there may be some of Doug’s litter mates arriving at the Samara Shop in the Schrader center.