This real-life, canine version of Finding Nemo has an ending that’s every bit as heartwarming.
The miniature poodle named after the hero of the animated movie escaped through an open door on Dec. 29 while owners Helene Beaulieu and Jon Buysse of Waterloo, Ont., were visiting family in Manor Park over the holidays.
He was missing amid snow, freezing rain and frigid temperatures.
Beaulieu and Buysse, dropping plans to return home, spent days and nights distributing flyers, going door to door and searching.
They set up cameras hoping to catch a glimpse of their missing dog, followed tracks in the snow, and combed Rockcliffe backyards. They launched a Facebook page and consulted a dog behaviouralist.
“On the third day, we were despondent,” Beaulieu said Sunday. “It was -20C.”
Finally, after 10 long days, a Rockcliffe doctor, who lives more than a kilometre away from where Nemo went missing but who’d heard about the missing pooch called …