A lost dog wasn’t just lucky to be reunited with his owner, he was lucky to be saved from getting killed, too. Shaggy, a one year old Labradoodle, escaped from his family during a walk in Lowell Woods in Westwood, Mass. and disappeared, according to Wicked Local.
Shaggy went missing in late October and his family immediately set out to find him. With darkness settling on the wooded area and ominous clouds rolling in, the Moore family was a bit skeptical about finding Shaggy.
Meanwhile, not far away, a man named Kevin Callahan was driving home from work in rush-hour traffic on Route 128 in pouring rain when traffic became chaotic. Thinking the scenario a little bizarre – vehicles swerving and slamming on brakes – he finally came upon the reason: a dog running in and around traffic.
Though people were trying not to hit the dog, no one else stopped. Callahan made a quick-thinking maneuver, cut across the highway and blocked two lanes with his car. Without much thought for his own safety and decked out in his business suit, Callahan got out of the car.
Back at the Moore house, 15 year old Christopher was reeling from the news of his missing best friend. His parents had called to tell him that Shaggy ran off and they couldn’t find him. He wanted to help in the search but his parents told him to stay home in case Shaggy was spotted and someone called.
While the Moore family searched endlessly for Shaggy in the woods, Callahan was trying to help a loose dog on the highway. Keenly aware of six lanes of traffic and a scared dog, he knelt down to coax the dog toward him. Thankfully, the dog chose Callahan over the cars going by.
The dog was soaking wet, muddy and smelled like skunk. Callahan was equally soaked but got the dog in his car. That’s when he noticed the ID tag on his collar, which had a phone number and name: Shaggy.
Back in the woods, the Moore family had gathered helpers to search in the rain and dark. But that became unnecessary as a phone call from a stranger to the Moore residence would soon be answered by Christopher.
Callahan dialed the number on Shaggy’s ID tag and after asking the individual who answered the phone if he had a dog named Shaggy, an elated teenager told him his family was out looking for the dog.
With everyone, including Shaggy, drenched from the rain, an ecstatic Moore family was reunited with their beloved furry family member.
When asked why Callahan went to such great lengths to save their dog, he replied, “It was the right thing to do.”
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