Durn Good dog taken

Jai Wiliamson, owner of the Durn Good Grocery (4002 Wallingford Avenue North) tells us his dog, Stella, is gone. The Rat Terrier was last seen immediately outside of the store, on the sidewalk at about 12:40pm this afternoon. Williamson was inside fixing a freezer when he saw Stella go outside. Moments later, when he went to check on her, he couldn’t find her. The owner of Ramona Cleaners across the street was pointing and yelling over to him, but Williamson couldn’t hear what he was saying across Wallingford Avenue, so Williamson assumed he was pointing to the alleyway where Stella often went to sniff and do her business.

After looking in the alley, Williamson went over to Ramona Cleaners to ask what the owner was pointing to, and he replied that he watched Stella being taken by a woman in a late model green pickup truck with a black canopy. The truck was parked alongside the store during the time that Williamson went looking for Stella, and Williamson had even noticed the truck with another dog–possibly a bulldog–inside, but he had no idea the woman inside also had Stella with her.

Williamson showed me the surveillance footage of the truck which appears to be a late model Toyota with a black canopy. The front right tire looks like a spare. Sadly the video didn’t capture the woman’s license plate.

During the time that Williamson had her, Stella made quite a few friends with neighbors and frequent Durn Good customers. Tonight, customers in the store were saddened by the news of Williamson’s loss. Stella is a 2-1/2 year-old Rat Terrier, weighing about 8-10 pounds. She’s mostly white in color with some light brown. We’ll try and post a picture tomorrow if we can get one.

  • Chris W.

    Sorry about the flatbed guys. You’re all correct, but Jai was adamant before (perhaps a language barrier?). I passed out over 90 flyers yesterday that say flatbed, so they’re out there. At least Stella’s picture is on them, and a question mark after “Toyota.” Feel free to make newer, better flyers & tack them over my old ones as you see them. Though I’ve already noticed that some of these flyers + Jeramy’s fliers about Mage have been taken down since last night.

  • Carrie W


    EXCELLENT!!! I just dropped off the information and a donation to Jai at the store. Feel free to stop in and offer up what you can.

    I’m really hoping it helps!!!

  • Julie

    I just spoke with Jai. He did call the police last night because someone thought they had spotted the truck. It turned out to be a Ford though, and he is sure it is a Toyota. The fliers look great all over the neighborhood. Thanks to all who have put them up.

  • Marie

    I just called King5′s breaking news phone line. 448-5555.

    They say they’ve heard about it and are considering it. I did feel a little silly, but I’m glad I did it. Jai is a good guy and Stella surely deserves better than being drug away by some cold-hearted woman. At least there is a lead in this case. A picture of the truck is a very good start. If that got on the news, someone will put two and two together.

    C’mon guys, let’s give it a try!

  • Pat Malone

    Thank you, don’t feel silly. I felt silly until I realized there were so many other Stella worshipers. The important thing is to do anything we have to do to get Stella home. She needs her family!

  • http://www.luckypetpetsitting.com Yani

    I sent a letter to each of the news stations as well. Good news that Marie got a “we’re considering it” response!!!

  • http://www.luckypetpetsitting.com Yani

    Kiro News is interested in picking up this story! Hopefully we will get some coverage!!

  • Justin Baird

    The poster looks great!

    — Lost & Found
    — Pets (for rehoming)

    I posted the CL question a couple days ago. Has Stella been listed in CL lost & found? When my jack Cricket was ‘napped the thief’s girlfriend saw the ad I placed and narc’d on her beau.

    Also – we should keep watch on the Pets offered areas of CL to watch for attempts to rehome her.

    Again, however …. If a CL lost & found post is placed, the neighbor or friend of the dognapper may lead Jai to Stella.

  • Suich

    Great news!!! I just left the Durn and KOMO is there right now filming!

    Justin, can you go ahead and post on Craig’s List?

    There is an envelope behind the counter that says “Donations for Stella” if anyone wants to help re: Carrie W.’s post upthread.

  • Justin Baird

    Great news about KOMO!

    @Suich I’m presently “iPhone only” so I’m unable to post to Craiglist with attachments.

    Can someone post Stella on Craigslist’s “Lost & Found”?

  • http://www.luckypetpetsitting.com Yani

    That’s fantastic news about KOMO!!!

  • Pat

    Great news about Komo. I just hope Stella gets returned soon. It’s wonderful to see everybody so concerned and helpful.

  • Nancy M

    Send KOMO over to Meridian Park. The inmates are running the asylum.

  • Suich

    Story coming up right now on KIRO!

  • the morning guy

    STELLA IS BACK!!!!!!! Jai just received a call from a ballard vet hospital saying that “someone had left her off there,,,ask tomorrow and i might have some more info. Jai thanks everyone for their concern, their super efforts and technology, and of course for being such great neighbors.having lived in the hood for 22 years in august, i just knew that our collective energies and strong community spirit would bring her home.
    Thank you.

  • Pat

    Oh my god I am so happy!!!!! This is the best possible outcome!!! Thank you all for your efforts and concern. How wonderful.

  • Carrie W

    NO WAY!!! I just got goosebumps!!! I’m so happy : )

  • Suich

    Cool! Happy Dance, Happy Dance!!!

    Rich, is that you?

  • Chris W.

    Ooooo, thanks everybody! So happy for you Jai!

  • Carmen

    YAY!!! oh I’m so happy I wish I could see her right now! This has been such great news for me today! A good ending to a bad day :) When I get home I’m going to go over and give her a BIG hug!!!!!!
    Great efforts everybody! Just goes to show what positive thinking and a great community effort this was! I’m glad we can all show supp

  • Carmen

    Sorry, typing from an iPhone can be a bit tricky sometimes…anywhoo what I was saying was : just goes to show what support and a great effort can do to bring a community together!!! Thanks, everyone!

  • Chris W.

    Thank you, Carmen. I never saw your photos, so if you dropped them off with Jai he probably still has them. I’m headed up to hug that puppy today, too! Happy Fourth and enjoy the camping!

  • http://www.luckypetpetsitting.com yani

    I’m so incredibly happy for Stella, Jai, and their family, and I’m super proud of my community!!!

  • Chris W.

    I just stopped in at the Durn Good. Both “the morning guy” and Jai were there, as was Stella. I didn’t get to see her, though. Maybe she was napping, or perhaps they’re being protective (I would be!). Regardless, the morning guy has a message for Wallyhood: thank you thank you thank you!

    They were so impressed with everyone’s concerns and the spirit of community that may just be responsible for Stella’s return. Jai told me she was dropped off at the Ballard Veterinary Hospital wearing a new harness, so someone probably meant to keep her.

    And the morning guy (that’s how he logs on here), he was so impressed with how people shared their skills to help– like pulling the image of the truck off the surveillance video, and Margaret’s posting the story that started it all. Thanks to all! As the morning guy summed up, “Tears of joy!”

  • Jason

    This just made my morning. I posted on Craigslist the day after it happened, and was going to contact the My Wallingford Blog, but contacting King 5 and KOMO was a brilliant move! Nice work you guys!

    So glad she has made it home. I drive past Durn Good every single day, and Stella is mayor of the neighborhood in my opinion. Welcome home Stella!

  • http://www.luckypetpetsitting.com yani

    Do we know yet? Did the Ballard vet know Stella was missing and contacted Jai, saying they think they have her? Or did they read her chip and contact Jai? How did the Ballard vet and Jai come together? I’m so curious!

  • Sonja

    I am so happy that Stella was reunited! Hooray!

  • Pat

    Agree with Jason that Stella is the mayor of 40th and Wallingford!

  • Chris W.

    Hear hear!

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