- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
The family spent the last 24-hours
intensely searching for their black Labrador Retriever after she ran away late Saturday afternoon while they were all together visiting a friend’s house on Birch Drive, in Roseland. While the Corcoran's were prepared to keep Maggie inside and monitor her during the nightly fireworks which would go off at sundown, nothing prepared them for a resident setting off their own intensely loud fireworks in the street yesterday around 6pm. Maggie wasn't expecting the loud noises either, and when they began - she crashed right through the family friend’s new fence and took off running.
“Our girl Maggie had one heck of an adventure!”
Carol Sharkey Corcoran commented.
“The story began on Birch Drive while we were at our friends home yesterday when Maggie was with us and was relaxing in their fenced in yard.
It was only about 6pm and we knew that we needed
to get her home before dark before the fireworks started.
However, our friend’s neighbors decided to set off
commercial grade fireworks in the street.
Maggie freaked out and bolted through their yard,
breaking their brand new fence.”
About six hours later, Essex Fells Country Club employee Edmund Korte Jr. caught sight of Maggie near Old Eagle Rock Avenue in Essex Fells.
"I saw a black lab walking on the cart path at Essex Fells Country Club
off by old Eagle Rock Avenue this morning at 5:45am," Korte explained.
"I whistled to her and she stopped and looked at me and then kept going.
I just found it strange to see a dog walking with no one.”
Throughout the morning and afternoon, friends, neighbors, and complete strangers joined in the search hoping to at least bring good news to the family that she was seen. Posts were shared all over Facebook and Maggie’s situation was made known to all of the neighboring town police departments and country clubs. For hours, however, Maggie was not seen anywhere and the family strongly felt she was resting and possibly in someone’s backyard under a deck.
Helpful friends and complete strangers began sharing suggestions such as barbecuing bacon in the backyard to draw in Maggie, and leaving a trail of the family’s laundry outside down the road to lead her back to their home.
“The kindness of strangers was incredible,” commented Carol.
“I was getting texts and Facebook messages all day long.
I can't believe the power of social media but most of all
I can't believe the love and compassion I felt from people all day.
I met a woman this morning driving around in her SUV with two little kids
and she told me that she had come from Parsippany
to help search for Maggie because she saw it on Facebook - that’s unreal!
We are truly blessed.”
The black lab once again darted up towards Laurel Avenue and this time Roseland Police and West Orange Police worked together to attempt to corral the dog while at the same time closing down the section of Laurel Avenue closest to Route 280. Just minutes later, Maggie was seen running through the Crestmont Country Club, West Orange, and the Greek Orthodox Church, Roseland, which are neighboring properties on Laurel Avenue.
While some of the family had followed up on an erroneous lead that Maggie may have been seen in West Caldwell, the rest focused on calling Maggie to them in the area around Laurel Avenue.
“We searched and searched but couldn't locate her,” Carol explained.
“We finally got a call that she was in the back of the Crossings Church parking lot where she was spotted by a West Orange Police Officer
but then she changed course and headed towards Route 280.
We traveled along the embankment trying to get her,
while the West Orange and Roseland Police slowed traffic down
because she was headed towards the 6B Off Ramp.
She then turned and went back to the Greek Church
and half of Roseland was on her tail.
We could see her as she ran onto the Crestmont Country Club golf course.“
“We were sure we were about to have her at the golf course," Carol commented,
"but I then got a call from my son that a woman from Birch Drive was at our house and she said that her daughter sees Maggie in the brook on Birch! Somehow Miss Maggie, with all the people searching on the golf course,
had crossed Laurel Ave without us noticing and went into the brook!”
Maggie's Travels at least took her to:
Birch Drive, Roseland
Old Eagle Rock Avenue, Essex Fells
Barton Drive, Roseland
Ahern Way, Roseland
White Oak Road, Roseland
Route 280 West, near Exit 6, Livingston
Crossings Church, West Orange
Crestmont Country Club, West Orange
Greek Orthodox Church, Roseland
Birch Drive, Roseland
“Maggie is such a huge part of our family and we want to thank all of our friends, family, West Essex Now, Facebook community, strangers
and the West Orange and Roseland Police departments," Carol stated.
"Words can not express the sincere appreciation and gratitude our family has
to everyone who participated and shared in the search for Maggie.
We will never forget it; God Bless you all.”