Fox TV Chief Dana Walden's Dog Found After 3-Week Search

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Frazer Harrison/Getty Images (Walden); Courtesy of Dana Walden/FOX (Dog)

In a plot twist worthy of one of her hit shows, Dana Walden's lost dog, Bailey, has found her way home.

Walden, Fox Television Group chairman and CEO, has been searching for her family's dog, Bailey, since the lab mix ran off during a Feb. 21 hike with a dog trainer on Kanan Dume Road in Malibu after being startled by mountain bikers. An exhaustive search ensued with many of Walden's family members, friends and Fox colleagues turning out for the rescue effort, both on the ground and on social media.

In a scene straight out of a new fall drama, Bailey's devoted dog trainer, Jaime Goodrich, parked a van at the spot where the dog went missing. The souped-up vehicle was packed with cameras, blankets and dog treats, and the family never gave up hope, even as the search stretched past three weeks. (There was a Bailey sighting in the area on March 10, which kept Walden's hope alive.)

Then on March 14, Walden received a call from the sheriff’s department that a dog was spotted inside the van, and deputies managed to close the van door and trap the dog while Walden and her husband, Matt, raced to the scene. Inside? It was Bailey sitting in the front seat in remarkably great shape.

Of the joyous reunion, Walden tells The Hollywood Reporter: “Words cannot express our family’s gratitude to everyone who reached out with love and support during this time; from my dear friends who searched on foot, to the dozens who posted on their social media accounts, to the Malibu community who rallied around us, and the park rangers and sheriff’s department who never gave up. Special mention must go out to our dear friend Jamie Goodrich and to our head of production Jim Sharp for their tireless efforts, and to all who sent their thoughts and prayers. It’s a reminder of the compassion of our community and to never give up hope.”

Attention Fox staffers: Happy endings do exist. 

A version of this story first appeared in the March 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.