Exhaustive search for Cooper ends happily after diversion from Deer Lake to Hamilton


Published on April 21, 2017

Cooper, missing since Wednesday in Hamilton, Ont., was found earlier today.

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Englee, N.L,  native Terri Pittman was prepared to turn Hamilton upside down to find her beloved Cooper.

She’s so thankful she doesn’t have to put herself through any more torture.
“I’m overwhelmed with happiness,” Pittman said moments after getting Cooper back in her grasp Friday morning.
“I’m so relieved. It’s been so exhausting and I can finally breathe.”
Pittman put Cooper on a Westjet Flight from Halifax to Deer Lake on Wednesday night by adding the dog to the ticket of a friend of hers who was flying into Deer Lake.
The dog was going to be retrieved by Pittman’s parents Ron and Elaine of Englee at the Deer Lake airport. They were making the five-hour drive from Englee because they were going to care for Cooper because Terri was heading to Jamaica for a wedding next week.
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I’m so relieved. It’s been so exhausting and I can finally breathe

Terri Pittman

Cooper
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The anxious moments began when she found out that WestJet had put him on the wrong flight and Cooper ended up in Hamilton.
To make matters even worse, a staff member at the airport let Cooper out for a pee and he took off.
She immediately contact WestJet and demanded they cover the cost of flying her and her roommate to Hamilton to look for Cooper because she didn’t think she would be found unless she was on the ground.
WestJet quickly responded by booking flights and taking care of hotel and meal expenses for the duration of the search.
“He’s more than a pet to me. It was the worst day of my life,” she said.