Family searching for young daughter’s lost therapy dog

FORT ATKINSON, Wis. — Less than one year after a major surgery a young girl and her family in Fort Atkinson need help finding her therapy dog.

The family has been looking for their lost golden retriever since he ran off on the Fourth of July when he broke through his collar, startled by a neighbor’s fireworks.

“He means a lot to us so if he’s out there and somebody has him we need him back,” said 17-year-old Natalie Kammer.

For the Kammer’s their golden retriever Mulligan is more than a pet. He represents a light at the end of a long tunnel.

In September of 2020 Natalie was diagnosed with Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension meaning she had blood clots in her lungs. 

After her diagnosis Natalie spent 21 days in a California hospital for surgery.

“That was so hard because I couldn’t see my brother. I couldn’t see both my parents at the same time. It’s just you and those four walls,” she said. “It’s so tough.”

Once Natalie made it out of her surgery ok the first thing she asked her doctor for was a puppy.

A request her parents were happy to oblige knowing their daughter could use some relief. 

“Any time I’m feeling down or just even not myself really. He’s always like right there,” Natalie said.

The Kammers, a family of golfers, named the pup Mulligan, the sports term for a second chance in honor of Natalie’s journey.

“It was like a match made in heaven,” mom Holli Kammer said of the relationship between her daughter and the pup. “It made her smile really big. It was amazing just to come from where we had been.”

Holli also said while Mulligan isn’t able to be there for Natalie right now the community in Fort Atkinson has been amazing, offering so much support.

“We’ve had hundreds–literally hundreds of people calling us, texting us, driving through the neighborhood,” she said.

Mulligan does have a microchip but in order for a vet or the Humane Society to scan the family’s information, he would first need to be found.

If you come across the lost pup you can reach out to the family on their Facebook page Finding Mulligan.