Missing Copperas Cove dog found in Pidcoke, travels to Highland Village, reunited with owners in Waco
By BRITTANY FHOLER
The Thanksgiving holiday is a little bit brighter for Jamie Harloam of Copperas Cove after being reunited with her dog, Silver, who had been missing for two weeks.
Silver ended up traveling from Easy Street in Copperas Cove to Pidcoke to Highland Village and then to Waco before being reunited with Harloam.
Silver, a five-year-old mini-Schnauzer had gone missing on November 8. When Harloam and her daughter couldn’t find him at home, Harloam immediately began sharing information on social media and putting up posters in local businesses offering a $500 reward. With the help of friends, the reward ended up eventually increasing to $2,000. Harloam said she posted frequent updates on social media, along with walking door to door in the neighborhood. She even hit up Walmart and H-E-B Plus!, passing out fliers with Silver’s picture on them.
Harloam believed that someone had found and kept Silver, then attempted to change his appearance by shaving his fuzzy face and eyebrows to make him unrecognizable from the photos being shared. Then, after the continuous effort of sharing via social media, the person or persons holding Silver felt pressured to dump him.
She also said she figures someone ended up trying to keep Silver partly because of his breed and because of his demeanor. She described him as a super friendly and handsome dog who is amazing with people, kids and other animals.
“He doesn’t look like a Schnauzer now,” Harloam added.
It was Saturday afternoon, about 10 miles north of Copperas Cove in Pidcoke where Scott Meador found Silver. Meador lives in North Texas and was visiting a friend’s ranch here in the area. On his way home on County Road 142, Meador came across what looked like fluffy ball.
“As I started getting closer, I noticed it was a small silver-colored dog that looked lost,” Meador said. “He didn’t look like he belonged where he was because he was so small.”
Meador stopped his vehicle and Silver came up to him. The dog wouldn’t jump into the car but was happy to be picked up. Meador called the Coryell County Veterinary Clinic in Gatesville to ask about the Schnauzer and sent in a photo of Silver.
Meador continued home to Highland Village in Denton County, taking Silver with him, where he and his wife, Beth, gave Silver a bath along with food and water before settling him in a dog crate they had. The dog walked into the crate and slept through the entire night, according to Meador.
Meador said he then looked up social media posts for a missing dog like Silver and came across Harloam’s posts. He contacted her and sent a picture of Silver’s collar.
The two agreed to meet in the parking lot at Providence Hospital in Waco the next afternoon, where Silver was reunited with his family.
Meador did not claim the $2,000 reward. He said he and his wife were blessed and did not feel right claiming the reward. He did let Harloam and her boyfriend know that he and his wife had lost their own dog earlier in the year and had to put the dog to sleep, and they were going to be buying a new dog. Harloam and her boyfriend gave the Meadors $1,000 and encouraged them to put that money towards the new dog.
“It really gave us a lot of happiness seeing the two back together,” Meador said. “I think it’s anybody’s duty if a dog looks out of place to try to pick it up and turn it in.”
After Harloam brought Silver home, both Crossroads Veterinary Hospital and Soggy Doggies Grooming worked him into their schedules to help him freshen up.
To thank the community for their support in sharing and getting the word out about Silver while he was missing, Harloam is holding a get-together at Copperas Cove City Park on Sunday, November 29, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to grill hot dogs and let people come meet Silver.
“Without the help of the community, the love and the support that we have through the community, this would not be possible, and we just love our sweet baby, and we’re glad to have him home, and we just want to thank them so much,” Harloam said.