From: L.W. Thompson
Date: Wed May 3, 2000 3:20pm
Subject: Search for Barbie Day 9

Hi everyone,

I feel like I accomplished important things yesterday, but still have no Barbie at home. The brighter neon colored posters will hopefully attract more attention from passing walkers and cars -- I hope!

On the way to work this morning, I drove to 2 of the 3 vet offices in town, and dropped off posters for them to display. The depressing part was that I had to stop at Barbie and Beasley's vet without Barbie along. She was supposed to have her spay today, as well as having that mammary lump removed.

At lunch, I ran to the newspaper office with a floppy that has Barbie's picture for them to run an ad with her picture on it. I stopped at my bank and talked with the ladies there about Barbie, as well as dropping posters off at the local Mexican restaurant (yummy food, and nice people) and the video store that isn't too far from campus. Both ladies in the video store had seen my ad in the paper earlier, so I know people are seeing it.

It's hot and sunny today, and I hope that the kids running around outside are attracted to pet Barbie, and then look at the posters and realize that she's the dog on the poster!

The reporter I talked with on the phone seemed interested in doing a "human interest" story on the Beagle Buddies, and what the group has done to help me and Barbie. This would mean a wider audience, since more people read news stories than the "lost and found" ads.

When I called the local utilities, I was disappointed to find that the meter readers won't be making their rounds here for another 3 weeks. Shucks! I had *hoped* that they would be able to help. However, I did find that the newspaper carriers generally have free newspapers and will likely be (unofficially) looking while delivering papers.

It feels like there is a lot to be done yet as far as the number of telephone poles I can stick posters on, but I *do* have a sense that I've accomplished a lot already.

Last night, I started to feel that Barbie is ok and isn't in immediate danger. I don't know where she is, but I feel like if I can cover enough ground with the posters and flyers, someone is bound to return her to me.

I want to give each and every one of the list members an individual hug -- you are all being so wonderful and emotionally it really makes a huge difference for me.

Leann & Beasley
Missing Barbie

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