MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A couple passing through Region 8 on the way to Texas several weeks ago had to leave something precious behind when one of their family dogs ran into the woods, but now the terrier is on his way home.
Linda Davis and her husband Sam were involved in an automobile accident Friday, September 27, while traveling southbound on Interstate 55 near Osceola. Davis says she suffered whiplash, a concussion and deep tissue bruising, and Sam suffered a punctured lung and three broken ribs. She says her two dogs, Elly Mae and Doogie were thrown from the vehicle during the accident.
"It felt like a truck had hit us, but in actuality I guess it was a blowout on a right rear tire. Everything in our car blew out of a side window, including my little dogs."
Davis says Elly Mae died in the accident and Doogie ran away. The couple returned home Sunday, October 6, after being treated at the MED in Memphis.
Since the accident, there has been a local effort to find and return the terrier to the couple. The Blytheville Humane Society set up two crates along I-55 filled with food, water and articles of clothing containing the couple's scent hoping Doogie would remain in the area until someone found him.
A Facebook page was set up in order to help the search. The couple also offered a $1,000 reward to whoever would return the lost family member.
Two farmers later located Doogie. Cheri Davis, Humane Society board member, said they are ready to get him back to his family. "I'm just so thankful. I'm just praising God because everyone has been looking for this dog," she said. "I'm just so thankful we found him and now we just have to get him well and make sure he is okay, and get him back home to Texas."