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Daisy, a dog rescued from Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, has a knack for running away. Even though she was feared lost in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, she soon will be returned to her original owners in Texas.

The desire of the 5-year-old dachshund-chihuahua mix for escaping likely saved her during and after the hurricane. When Katrina flooded Violet, La., after the Aug. 29 hurricane in the Gulf region, her true owners, Carol and Robert Hamm, were told that they couldn’t bring their four dogs with them during the evacuation.

“I was furious,” Carol Hamm said. “My mixed huskie, Bullet — he was my second child that I could never have.”

Hamm said she and several family members were rescued from the roof of their flooded house, but her husband stayed behind to ride in another boat with their four pets. So, the took them to the second floor of an old middle school building while the family went to a shelter at St. Bernard High School, she said. The family later learned that the animals had been killed along with animals left at another nearby shelter. The Hamms did leave their name and address on the wall of a former St. Bernard Parish school building where they placed four family pets, urging rescuers to save the animals.

It was two months later, after the Hamms evacuated to Temple, Texas, the couple saw Bullet’s body on CNN. The broadcast contained a story about how all the dogs at the shelter had been shot and killed. No one knows who did it or why. “It was heartbreaking to find him,” she said. The Hamms visited the middle school in October and identified three of their dogs. They were unable to find Honey — a 4˝-month-old red nose pit bull — among the bodies.

“It felt just like when you identify a loved one,” Hamm said. “I was really crying; I was devastated and had a lot of mixed emotions and a lot of anger.”

But the Hamms got some good news Sunday. They found out that the Muscatine Humane Society had been sheltering Daisy by way of the dog’s foster family in Port Byron. “I was on an emotional rollercoaster,” Hamm said. Hamm said when she was notified that Daisy was alive, she didn’t believe it. However, the dog had the correct tags and looked exactly like Daisy. When she saw the dog’s photo, Hamm finally had no doubt in her mind. “I am 100 percent sure that it’s Daisy,” Hamm said.

Lisa DeCock, a volunteer for the Muscatine Humane Society, said she brought Daisy back to Iowa after making a trip to Tyler Town, Miss., to return two previously sheltered dogs to their owners. Daisy was one of the dogs at a Katrina animal shelter. DeCock of Wilton, Iowa, placed Daisy with Taylor while she looked for Daisy’s true owners. “I had several calls about possible matches for her, but none of them had worked out,” she said. “I did have tags, but when I called the vet’s office, they had the people’s name wrong. They had it as Hammer.”

DeCock was about to give up when she decided to give it one last try. She re-emailed everybody who made inquiries about the sheltered dogs and one respondent just happened to be the owner of Daisy’s mother. Daisy eventually was traced back to the Hamms. Hamm said the dog the couple identified as Daisy probably was their puppy Honey. But regardless, she said, they are “pretty much thrilled” that Daisy is alive. Daisy, Hamm added, likes to run away from people. Hamm said the dog probably wiggled her way out of her leash and got away. Daisy probably was one of the initial animals rescued before the shootings began, she said. Taylor said when she first got Daisy; the dog was fairly worn down.

“She was pretty mopey and slept constantly,” she said. “It took her a good month and a half to start playing.” However, Taylor said Daisy’s personality has started to come out since then. “She likes to dance with me, she barks and tries to get me to go up and dance with her,” Taylor said.