Lost and found near Midway...Madison finds her happy ending

Lost and found near Midway...Madison finds her happy ending
Steve and Lauren Kelliher of Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus and Missy Kolbe with Madison. Kolbe adopted Madison.

Hollywood couldn’t have written a better ending for Madison the dog. Today she is settling into her forever home but not before becoming a media darling in Chicago all because of a daring escape on a cold winter day and a five day search to bring her back to safety.

Madison has been adopted by a stranger who volunteered to look for Madison in the area around Midway Airport on a bitter cold winter day. She now has a family that includes a cat, two other dogs and more love and security than Madison could have hoped for when she first landed in the Windy City.

Madison at an earlier visit at Veterinary Specialty Center.

Madison at an earlier visit at Veterinary Specialty Center.

“Madison has been the easiest dog and she has fit in so well with our two other dogs and the cat,” says Missy Kolbe. “I felt such a connection to her when I volunteered to search for her, even though I had not met her. When I saw she was available for adoption and I wanted to try to adopt her. I’m so happy she is now part of the family.”

Madison’s happy ending didn’t happen overnight. She had been headed to a Wisconsin rescue from Texas when she escaped during her transport with Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus. Madison was suffering from a fractured spine and slipped her special harness when she was startled. The  small Doberman mix was found five days later huddled under a car after her plight generated tons of media coverage.

After a visit to IDR+’s vet, it was determined that a long trip to Wisconsin wasn’t the safest move because of her fractured spine. She needed special care and one of the top veterinary orthopedic surgeons was at Veterinary Specialty Center in nearby Buffalo Grove. She was transferred into the care of IDR+.

Dr Claude Gendreau of Veterinary Specialty Center was interviewed by WBBM Radio about Madison.

Dr Claude Gendreau of Veterinary Specialty Center was interviewed by WBBM Radio about Madison.

“I was very surprised that Madison was still able to walk when she came in for the consultation,” said Dr. Claude Gendreau, a surgeon at Veterinary Specialty Center. “She is lucky that her fractured vertebra did not sever her spinal cord and cause her to be permanently paraplegic. The surgery was delicate and her recovering has been remarkable. We are all very happy to have played a part in returning her to normal function.”

Madison was also diagnosed with Heartworm. She spent some time recovering from surgery before going through that treatment. While she was recovering in foster care, a sweet, but shy girl came shining through.

“We could not have been happier with the ending of this rescue,” says Lauren Kelliher, Vice President of Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus. “Missy lived in the area around Midway and volunteered to help us search for Madison. She had stayed in touch with us and when she called to ask about adopting Madison, we felt it was meant to be.”

Madison’s adoption was finalized today at Veterinary Specialty Center with Dr. Gendreau on hand. Because she is so shy, her new mom took time helping her get acclimated. After all she’s been through…it’s nice to hear that easy is finally part of her story and that a happy ending is finally hers for the taking.

“We create happy endings with adoptions everyday, but stories like Madison are so special,” adds Kelliher. “It really is quite magical.”

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