HOLT, Fla., Jan. 9, 2018–A local lost dog was reunited with her owner today after Good Samaritans took the time to sniff out where she belonged.
A driver passing through Holt saw a lost dog dodging U.S. 90 traffic just east of town at Summertime Road around 2 p.m. today.
She did a U-turn and stopped to rescue the hapless canine.
“People were stopping and dodging trying not to hit the dog,” said the driver, who modestly preferred not to give her name. “I had to turn around and get her.”
The dog, tan with white muzzle, throat, chest and paws, willingly jumped into the driver’s backseat where she sat quietly, looking a little sad.
Not familiar with Holt, the driver turned in at Sherry’s Diner to ask about the stray.
Although it was nearing closing time, Sherry Cregger, the diner’s owner, dropped what she was doing and began working the phones.
The well-behaved dog was wearing a collar with a rabies tag, so Cregger started by calling the vet who unfortunately told her they hadn’t seen the dog in a couple of years.
Cregger doggedly continued following lead after lead. At one point, she and the driver took the dog back down Summertime Road and began knocking on doors and talking to people.
“I even stopped a school bus and asked the driver if she’d seen this dog during her route,” she said.
They returned to the diner bone dry for their efforts with the dog still sitting quietly in the backseat.
The hunt for the owner continued.
It was a rough assignment, but after about a dozen calls and a little bit of creative phone sleuthing, Cregger finally found someone who thought the dog belonged to her son’s neighbor.
Less than 30 minutes later, the dog, who sat sullenly during the two-hour hunt for her owner, suddenly came to life as soon as she saw a familiar Jeep Cherokee pull into the diner parking lot.
There was never any question whether the driver was the rightful owner. Cheyenne, as the small concerned crowd hanging around the now-closed diner found out, was a bundle of wiggles as she greeted her owner.
“I was so worried,” the owner said, who also didn’t give his name. “That’s my partner. She goes everywhere I go.”
Cheyenne was wearing a neighbor’s collar because the rabies tag rattled, allowing her owner to hear her better. She got loose when her owner, a Holt resident, was visiting someone who lived near the diner. He looked everywhere for her, but came up empty.
Upon meeting the woman who found his dog, the man was on the point of tears.
“God bless you,” he said, hugging the Good Samaritan.
By 4 p.m. the mystery was solved with a tail-wagging ending all because two strangers worked together to help the pup find her owner.
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