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Dog owner won't give up the search for Maddox in Oklahoma City

Jackie Vestal has been in Oklahoma City since Christmas looking for her dog, Maddox.
by Matt Patterson Modified: February 6, 2013 at 8:24 pm •  Published: February 7, 2013

Jackie Vestal's days are an emotional grinder.

Each morning brings hope this might be the day she is reunited with Maddox, her 7-year-old miniature pinscher who went missing Christmas Eve.

But as morning gives way to afternoon and afternoon gives way to evening, the hope gradually fades and she becomes consumed with angst and worry about where her 12-pound dog might be.

“I always wake up thinking today will be the day that we'll get that call and I get hopeful, but the nights are so hard,” Vestal said. “Then the process repeats itself all over again the next day.”

Vestal and her husband, Brandon, are from the Los Angeles area and were in town for the holidays to see her in-laws. Once in Oklahoma City, the family decided to take a quick overnight trip to Dallas, leaving Maddox with a family friend who lives in the 11000 block of Camelot Drive in northwest Oklahoma City.

Maddox escaped by darting out of a garage when the door was opened and has been missing since.

Her husband has returned to the couple's home in California to resume work, but Jackie has remained in Oklahoma City. She took a leave of absence from her job as a systems analyst for a commercial real estate company.

“Maddox is like a child to me,” she said. “I consider him to be a part of our family. He's my little baby, and I know he needs me. When my mother died four years ago, he helped me get through it. I know he wouldn't give up on me, so I'm not going to give up on him.”

Vestal's days are spent checking out possible sightings. Laminated posters of Maddox can be found on utility poles and street corners all over Oklahoma City.

“If I get calls from people, I rush out to see if it is him,” she said. “I've ended up saving other min pins that have been abandoned. I've literally been walking creeks to try to find him and keeping up with social networking.”

Professional hired

Vestal has even brought in a heavy hitter to aid in the search, hiring Karin TarQwyn, a Nebraska-based private investigator who specializes in lost pets. TarQwyn has brought her team of dogs to Oklahoma City twice in an effort to locate Maddox.

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by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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I always wake up thinking today will be the day that we'll get that call and I get hopeful, but the nights are so hard. Then the process repeats itself all over again the next day.”

Jackie Vestal,
Her 7-year-old miniature pinscher went missing Christmas Eve.


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