ARNOLD — Nearly a year after Walter the dog went missing in suburban St. Louis, apparently wandering the woods behind an industrial park, the golden retriever is back with his owner.
KSDK-TV reports that Kate Olson of New Hampshire was in Arnold, Missouri, visiting relatives last Thanksgiving when Walter slipped out of his collar and took off. Olson stayed in Missouri for weeks searching for the dog and printing and distributing fliers.
She eventually returned to New England but got calls about sightings. She returned in January to search again. No luck, so she created a “Where's Walter?” Facebook page and enlisted animal rescue groups in the search.
Finally, on Friday, Olson got the call she had been waiting for. A group based in Belleville, Illinois, called Lost Paws Trapping was able to capture Walter. Olson immediately got on a plane and was reunited with Walter Friday night.
“He has been such a little love,” Olson said. "He is the same sweet boy he was before and maybe even sweeter because he has missed getting loved on!”
Announcing the winners in our 12th annual cutest pet contest
🏆 First place cat: Bella
Bella is a 3 year old Maine Coon mix with a sweet and spunky personality!
Cindy Herd, St. Peters
🏆 First place dog: Hank
“I’m the sweetest little rescue and I love carrots!”
Jodi Glassman, Richmond Heights
🏆 First place critter: Tea cup bunny
Debbie Adams, Festus
selected by Post-Dispatch staff
🏆 Second place cat: Mittens Mittenso
How you doin’? I’m a very good looking tuxedo cat. If this was a dating app, this would be my profile pic! VOTE FOR ME!
Aylin Ortiz, O'Fallon, Mo.
🏆 Second place dog: Brie
Thinks she’s the big cheese but she’s really the smol cheese.
Ivy Burk, St. Louis
🏆 Second place critter: Gimli
A bit prickly at times but otherwise a sweetie!
Steve Schoo, St. Peters
selected by Post-Dispatch staff
🏆 Third place cat: Sweet Caroline
Good times never felt so good as they did when we rescued this little Sweetheart!!!! She makes us feel So Good! So Good! So Good!!!!
Lynna Heathman, Wentzville
🏆 Third place: Ollie
Our cuddle buddy, Ollie! He is a 4 month old Fox Red Lab.
Ashley Boyce, Troy, Ill.
🏆 Third place critter: SWAT
Newest member of SWAT, Miss LuLu! She’s 27 years old!
Abby Federhofer, Dardenne Prairie
Bébé on the prowl. Enjoying her vacation in Maine.
Andrew Carpentier, University City
The perfect gem.
Eric M., St. Louis
My adopted fur baby, Essay, rolling around on her favorite weighted blanket (it's a love, didn't you know?). This is the closest I will ever be able to get to her belly!
Audrey Trebelhorn, St. Louis
Hi my name is Hank! I am about 2 y/o and was recently adopted from a house fire. I love to cuddle, play with my wand, run around, and of course...take cat naps!
Taylor Dazey, Brentwood
Marceline the kitty queen
Marceline’s hobbies include staring at squirrels, eating houseplants, and licking everything.
Adrienne Hunt, St. Louis
Mr “Charlie” Aherron
Posing for his headshot
Kathy Aherron, St. Charles
OK is a sweet girl who likes to help me do puzzles.
Maggie Huff, Richmond Heights
Oscar vs the Christmas tree
Sure I look cute right now, but as soon as you are finished I’m going to pull an ornament off this tree.
Andrea Veach. St. Louis
I am so much cuter then the kitty coasters! Don't you think so?! And, my human did NOT make me pose for the picture - I am normally this photogenic:).
Mary Garozzo, Ballwin
Sergei was adopted from the Animal Protective Association four years ago. He is six years old and enjoys watching birds outside, playing in boxes, and head rubs.
Eyad Naseralla, St. Louis
St. Mewis Cardinals Fan
Winston thinks things are looking up for the Cardinals this season.
Michelle Pippett, Eureka
The 3 Musketeers
Loki, Ping, & Tito
Amanda Eisele, Ballwin
Nothing like snuggling up with a good book in your nightgown before bed.
Kelsey O'Keefe, St. Charles
Toast and Cocoa are the best of friends and love to snuggle!
Abigail Adams, St. Charles
Toonces is ready for playtime!
Laurel Grelle, St. Charles
Upside down Adeline
Hang in there, baby!
Sean Sweeney, St. Peters
Two Foster Kittens
Yin and Yang
Nancy McAfee, Clayton
Bailey the Doodle
Did someone say “play ball”?
Ellen Kraichely, Kirkwood
Bucky is a lovable, friendly Shih tzu.
Madeline Luczak, Arnold
Cass and her new little sister Willy enjoy some cuddles
Kimen Brinkley, St. Louis
George Carl Hildreth
Blue Eyes for days 💙
Carly Rudolph, St. Louis
10/10 would recommend the Cardinal Sin from Ted Drewes.
Fiona Brickey, St. Louis
We love our little Luna!
Brittany Bagby, St. Charles
God Bless The USA!!!
Aimee Centorbi, Dardenne Prairie
Palmer is a happy 2 year old pup who loves to play and be social! She is especially cute when her tongue comes out.
Sarah Hippe, St. Charles
Penny posing for Halloween fun.
Kent Killian, Kirkwood
Penny at Shaw Park
C Sineni, Bridgeton
Pretty in pink
Hi, I’m Ruby! I’m a 4 month old Beagle and I love playing with my two legged and four legged friends of all kinds!! People have stopped their cars in the street to tell me how cute I am.
Kathleen Reasor, St. Louis
I bet my three legs can beat you in a race :)
Kirsten Thomas, St. Charles
Sadie's never met a stranger - she loves all the kids, chases all the leaves and gives all the kisses. Thanks to this lovable, fluffy, long-legged Sadie girl, we've met so many more people in our new neighborhood.
Kim O'Keefe, St. Louis
An always happy mini Australian Labradoodle
Kate Graft, Eureka
Teddy the Pug
Teddy the Pug flashing his BEST smile. :D
Megan Meyer, Ballwin
Tito - The New Toto
Tito posing with Toto and Dorothy
Alexis Head, St. Louis
Zora the Blue-Eyed Princess
She is a sweetheart and heckster rolled into one big ball of energy!
Brittany Stroh, O'Fallon, Ill.
Bobby gives the camera a BOOP.
Delaney Schmidt, Defiance
This is my 2 1/2 year old Sulcata tortoise in his Sunday best!
Ashley Samples, East Alton
Tis the Season
Walter only agreed to wear the hat for one photo if I promised to give him extra carrots.
Laura Molnar, Arnold
Kate is always looking for someone to play chase!
Lindsay Ireland, Affton
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