Trucker Reunited With Missing Dog

SotoAlen Nelson, a trucker from Denver, had been incredibly upset over his missing dog, Sato.

This two-year-old Shiba Inu would keep Nelson company on his long drives across the country since Sato was eight-weeks-old.

But on January 2, Sato went missing when he slipped out of his collar when Nelson pulled into a rest stop.

Nelson said that Sato may have been confused by the new truck that they were riding in. Nelson searched among all of the trucks and cars for his friend, but Sato could not be found.

Nelson was afraid of losing his job, so he knew he had to give up searching for Sato and continue on with his delivery to Atlanta.

But animal lovers and volunteers continued to search in the area for Sato while Nelson made his delivery.

Finally, after days of searching for the missing Shiba Inu, volunteers found the dog and lured him with food. They were able to slip a leash over his head and put him into one of the volunteer’s pick up truck.

Nelson was notified that Sato was found, and he headed over to the rest stop to pick up one of the most important packages in his life — his dog.

When the two were reunited, Nelson gave his beloved dog a big hug, and Sato answered back by whimpering for his owner.

One volunteer told Nelson, “This is all we wanted, just to get him back to you.”

Source: The Journal News

(Thanks shibadiva)

22 Responses to “Trucker Reunited With Missing Dog”

  1. shibadiva says:

    Aw, look at those airplane ears!

  2. Dianne says:

    Shiba Inu’s have a reputation for being bad little dogs. But they are so worth the trouble!

  3. NH says:

    I’m so glad he found his pup. What a nice story.

  4. Lynne says:

    I’m so happy he found his dog!

  5. Amanda says:

    So cute and I am glad he got his pup back. Must have been heart breaking to have to drive away :(

  6. toni says:

    The dog appears to be smiling too!

  7. shibadiva says:

    They really cannot be an off-leash dog. They are so easily distracted by all the Interesting things out there. To top it off, they have pointed spitz heads which makes it easy to slip a collar by backing out of it. Mine wear Premier collars which are martingales, and they are the only collars I trust.

    Amazing that the volunteers were able to catch Sato. Shibas are very good at “keep-away”, even though they are food-motivated.

  8. mzcelie says:

    Thanx 4 the heart warmer !! Anybody who has ever had a wayward pet knows how agonizing it is wondering if they are hurt or in a lab somewhere…Hope this doggie gets a chip & a good harness.

  9. Radcliff, Allie, Luna, & Ozzie says:

    Maybe a harness would be more effective, if Sato would tolerate it.

    Glad they’re back together.

  10. TEALCSMOMMY says:

    Thank God! I use to hear this on the news station every day and I was so worried that some hunter would mistake this dog as a fox or some wild animal out there would get him. I am so happy and Sato looks relieved too! Those volunteers are amazing……..

  11. 4 cats & a shiba's mom says:

    My Shiba listens pretty good when he is on the leash, but if he slips it off then he goes “deaf” and decides to take himself for a stroll, with me trying to keep up. I also bought him a Martingale collar and have no problems with the collar slipping off. But I will never trust him off leash. I’m so glad that Sato is safe and back with his Dad.

  12. Denise says:

    This is really something nice to read for a change. I have read about so many cats and dogs being abused or killed by people. This is wonderful and it lets us know there are so many good people out there. I guess I would have lost my job though I would have never left without him. Denise

  13. The Lioness says:

    A happy ending! I’m so glad Sato is back with his fur-dad!

    It was very nice of those folks to round him up.

    ~The Lioness

  14. Teresa says:

    Awwww ~ this had me crying with happiness! I love a good ending.

    Peace ~ Out

  15. shibadiva says:

    Radcliffe, a harness is a great idea for dogs who can slip their collar. They can wear a regular collar with their tags, and put on the harness for walks. We’ve tried it here. Karinoe (the puppy, well, he’s four and a half years old but still the puppy) is fine with it. Kyoto, on the other hand, won’t tolerate it, so the martingale is the recourse.

  16. AnneLouise says:

    great story. Nice looking dog.

  17. Dee says:

    Harness, microchip ID, and most importantly….a good solid foundation of obedience work.

    Glad they were reunited….they got lucky this time. :-)

  18. Donna says:

    I am thrilled or the man and the dog ! Wonderful reunited picture. Picture says a thousands words. Beautiful bond.

  19. Colby says:

    I remember hearing about this on the news. I’m glad they are back together. I’d go crazy if I lost either of my two dogs.

    Would a gentle leader work on a Shiba Inu (not slip off that is)? I use that with my Australian Shepherd mix when out on walks.

  20. G in INdiana says:

    You have to make sure that the harness is fitted correctly.
    Our greater Swiss Mountain Dog can slip out of any harness given enough time and leverage. He just pulls back, shrinks his upper body by squeezing together his shoulders and POP, out he goes. Once he is fully grown, he won’t be able to do that but as a young,
    growing dog he can. We use a double snap and a collar as well as a harness.
    Our Pyr/Lab mix cannot slip her harness as she is not as flexible as Loki is.

  21. Goody 4 Paws says:

    The picture says it all. I love the squints and the airplane ears. My lil mutt requires a harness whenever we leave the house. I’ll bet this little escape artist requires one now. I’m gonna bet furless dad doesn’t let this happen again. Thanks for the heart-warmer. :)

  22. shibadiva says:

    Colby, my girl was able to get out of a gentle leader in the wink of an eye.

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