On Sunday morning, a La Mesa family that lost its elderly dog in the Imperial Sand Dunes over the Thanksgiving weekend got the phone call they'd been praying for.
Brian Posytan, owner of the 12-year-old German shepherd mix, was in Tucson on business when his wife, home in La Mesa, phoned him with the news that their dog, Chelsea, had been seen in the dunes south of Interstate 8.
A family sightseeing in the dunes Sunday morning noticed Chelsea, obviously lost and far from home, wandering aimlessly.
The family member managed to corral her, just long enough to read the phone number on her address tag. Moments later she broke free and went south — for a second time.
While Posytan was frantically trying to book an earlier return flight to San Diego so he could come back to the dunes to search anew, Calexico Border Patrol Agent Chris Buskey, on patrol in the dunes, managed to "apprehend" Chelsea near the Paradise general store.