A happy ending to a mystery that’s plagued a west end pet owner since mid August. Gaylord the Iguana, all four feet of his tropical reptile self is back where he belongs. And as it turns out, he hadn’t strayed from the Webber Greens neighborhood after all.
Gaylord’s owner, Mary-Ann Holm got a call from the neighbor across the street, who spotted him under the deck.
“You know I did check that yard numerous times, and the fellow that lived there was nice enough to let us go in there and look when ever we wanted, and he was keeping an eye out. Gaylord was clearly on the move at some point because we scoured every yard in this neighborhood many many times. So yeah, we were close. He was right under our noses the whole time.”
“We tried to get him and of course he retreated back in. He was a little angry. We managed to sort of get him out from underneath the deck and he was a block of ice, but otherwise fine. I put him on a heating pad, and gave him something to drink and he seems like his old self.”
Hindsight being the exact science that it is, Holm now realizes the dog she brought home, Ginger — a boxer, kind of spooked Gaylord
“That is where I went wrong. I didn’t read that sign well enough. I’d had dogs around him in the past and didn’t anticipate that and he’s never ever tried to escape. I let him out in the summer all of the time. Now he will be watched like a hawk.”
“I guess the moral of the story is I should have read the signs that he was showing me about how frightened he was of our new dog. Normally he could be outside in the back yard for hours on end and moves three inches. He’s not really an active guy. But he wasn’t himself at that point in time because of our new dog and he was kind of stressed about that, and that’s where I went wrong.”
There’s more. A false Gaylord sighting at a pet store led to Holm bringing home Everest, another iguana, named for his difficulty in crawling around. “He has quite a few handicaps. I was concerned that he had been waiting for four months and they hadn’t found him a home. I made an arrangement with the pet store that should Gaylord come back and they can’t get along then I might have to bring him back. We’re not sure yet, I haven’t really introduced them that much, so we’ll see how it goes.”
So far, so good, although Holm has kept them mostly apart.