Dog Owner Gets An Unexpected Surprise When Hilary Swank Finds Her Lost Pawed Friend

Dog Owner Gets An Unexpected Surprise When Hilary Swank Finds Her Lost Pawed Friend

An Albany resident found her lost 15-year-old Dashchund in the lap of a two-time Oscar winner.

Chelsea Blackwell, a resident of Albany, New York, was worried when she lost her dog, Blue, on the morning of June 6. Fortunately for her, she didn't have to search for the canine long as she soon found her lost dog on a movie set, being taken care of by none other than Hilary Swank. 


After an hour of driving around the city trying to find her 15-year-old dachshund, Blackwell stumbled upon a swarm of police cars and was immediately concerned. "I noticed there were like eight police cars and people with cameras—I thought maybe somebody got shot," she told local publication Times Union Albany. Blackwell pulled up near the Greyhound bus station off-Broadway downtown and asked around to see if anyone had seen a small brown dog. She soon found out that it was actually a movie set and that someone from the set had her dog. "I'd stopped and asked if someone seen a little brown dog? A man walked over to my car and said, 'Yes, this woman picked him up,'" she wrote in a Facebook post that has since been made private. Although the camera crew told Blackwell a celebrity had found her dog, she was doubtful that an actual celebrity was involved.


However, a phone call and an hour later, a grey car pulled up and there was Blue sitting comfortably in the Boys Don't Cry actor's lap. "No way," Blackwell thought. As soon as she took Blue from Swank's lap, she kissed her dog and profusely thanked the two-time Oscar winner for keeping him safe. Although a gracious Blackwell also asked for an autograph from the Million Dollar Baby star, Swank went ahead and suggested that they take a picture together.


The dog mom didn't want Swank's act of kindness to go unnoticed. "She's not the type of person," Blackwell said, "who's going to blow the horn telling people what she did." According to Associated Press, Blue and Ladybug—Blackwell's other dog—got out of the backyard and lost their way. Although Ladybug came back when Blackwell yelled for the dog, Blue was nowhere to be found. The dog parent revealed that this loss would have led to an upheaval in her life. "I was just, I was losing my mind because I've had Blue since he was a little puppy," she said. "After losing my mom and my cousin, I didn't want to lose my best friend, too."


Blue is not the first dog to have been saved by the P.S. I Love You star. In fact, Swank has a long history of rescuing dogs. In an interview with PEOPLE magazine for the 2021 Beautiful Issue, the actress said: "Every dog I've ever rescued and also shared my life with have all had their unique way of being in the world." Swank has been a lover of dogs since childhood and when she turned 18, she went to the Humane Society and got her first dog, Lucky. Now, the celebrity has four dogs, all rescued, of which one of them was pregnant when she found her. Currently, her foundation, Hilaroo—a portmanteau of her name and her late dog, Karoo—matches abandoned dogs with children who "have been given up on by society."



The story behind the foundation's name is a heartfelt one. Swank found Karoo at a set in South Africa. According to the star, it was serendipitous. "I don't know if I found this dog, or the dog found me," she said. Covered in fleas and filled with worms, the actor nursed the dog back to health and gave her the shots she required in the exact duration the shoot was scheduled to wrap up and Karoo was allowed to travel. Speaking of Karoo, Swank said: "She literally became the love of my life. I can't explain it, it's just what the dog does. A dog gets into those places and loves you in a way that's healing." Unfortunately, Karoo died prematurely just before her eighth birthday. Swank decided to turn this sadness into a positive force and started this foundation, keeping the spirit of Karoo alive.


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