Chelsea Blackwell’s dachshund, Blue, went missing on Monday, and the distraught owner went looking for him.

She drove for an hour before coming across a line of squad cars and people with cameras near the Greyhound bus station in Albany, New York, and put her search aside to investigate.

“I stopped and thought, oh man, did somebody get shot? What’s going on?” she said Wednesday. “I mean, there were like eight police cars. There were like all these people with cameras.

Fortunately, there was no hiding the tragedy – Blackwell had stumbled upon a film crew – and his search ended with one lucky chance in a million.

Her 15-year-old dog was found – by a movie star with a history of dog rescue.

“I started asking everyone if they had seen my little brown dog,” she said.

“You’re not going to believe this,” she told the crew, but a celebrity had found her dog.

A phone call and about an hour later a gray car pulled up, and there was a little Blue sitting in the lap of two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank.

“I was like, ‘No way,'” Blackwell said. “As soon as she got out of the car, I hugged Blue and said, ‘Thank you so much. “”

Blackwell asked Swank for his autograph, but Swank did better: they took a photo.

“I stopped and asked if anyone had seen a little brown dog? A man came up to my car and said, “Yeah, that woman came for him,” she wrote in her post.

“I said who? He replied, a celebrity,” Blackwell wrote. “He called the person who had it. And they said she’s on her way back. You’ll never guess who had it?

The Million Dollar Baby herself.

“She’s not the kind of person,” Blackwell said, “who’s going to honk her horn and tell people what she’s done.”

Swank is no stranger to dog rescue.

“All the dogs I’ve rescued and shared my life with have all had their unique way of being in the world,” Swank, who has adopted many dogs, said in a YouTube video posted by the magazine. People.

Swank has set up a foundation, Hilaroo – a portmanteau of her name and the name of a dog she adopted, Karoo – which matches abandoned dogs with children who the foundation says “have been abandoned by society”. .

For Blackwell, the loss of Blue would have added to the upheaval in his life after losing his mother in August and another relative shortly thereafter. Blue lost her way after stepping out of the backyard with Blackwell’s other dog, Ladybug. Ladybug ran home when she screamed, but Blue was nowhere to be found.

“I was just, I was losing my mind because I had Blue since he was a little puppy,” she said. “After losing my mother and my cousin, I didn’t want to lose my best friend either.”

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