Three sons cross country for dad’s dog
A dog that survived a South Dakota car crash that killed her owner has been picked up by her master’s three sons, who drove from North Carolina to reclaim the 12-year-old Australian shepherd.
Lester, Bobby Jr. and Troy Allgood traveled to the town of Kadoka in southwest South Dakota to pick up their father’s belongings and Ladybug.
Bobby Allgood Sr., 74, of Reed Point, Mont., was killed Feb. 6 when his car rolled over on Interstate 90. Ladybug ran away after the crash, but spent the next nine days in the general area, revisiting the site and eluding capture.
“She looks real good. It’s taken a weight off my heart,” Lester Allgood told the Rapid City Journal.
“Getting her back fills a big void for us. It helps fill that void anyway,” Troy Allgood said.
“It’s kind of sad and happy both,” said Bobby Allgood Jr. “My daddy really loved that dog. They were like two peas in a pod, those two.”
The dog was first picked up nine days after the accident, by Anne Harding and her son, Parker, of Rapid City, who read about sightings of the dog near the accident scene and coaxed her into their car after spotting her along Interstate 90. They turned the dog over to Kadoka Police Chief Forrest “Woody” Davis.
But when Davis took her to a city-owned dog kennel, she escaped. Hours later she was relocated, and, after a chase, recovered. This time Davis took her home with him.
“I haven’t dared to let her off the chain since, because I don’t want to have to chase her again,” Davis said. “She’s fast for an old dog.”
The police chief boarded her at his home and waited for the Allgoods to make their trip from North Carolina. “In the beginning, she was pretty scared,” Davis said. “It took a couple days for her to calm down and start making friends with me.”
The Allgood brothers gave Davis a gold chain in thanks.
“Here in Kadoka, I think there must be great people to help us get my daddy’s dog back,” Lester Allgood said.
“Ain’t many places you can go that will do stuff like that,” said Bobby Allgood Jr. “It’s a very special place.”
(Photo by Aaron Rosenblatt / Rapid City Journal)
Posted by jwoestendiek February 29th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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