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Dog Rides Away in Santa’s Truck: A Feel-Good Christmas Rescue

Dog Rides Away in Santa’s Truck: A Feel-Good Christmas Rescue

Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite, back by holiday demand. It was originally posted on December 5, 2011. Enjoy!

Written by Linda Kass of New York

I was on my way to work and saw a big beautiful teddy bearish looking dog. I got out of my car to see if he was lost and friendly.  Turns out he was both, so I put him in my car and took him to work with me. Before arriving to work, I stopped to buy him a leash so that if I had to take him out of the car, he wouldn’t run away on me.

I left him in my car and went inside to my office and  started to make phone calls.  I took the number off his collar and called the ASPCA.  They were able to give me his home number and I made the call.  I left a voicemail since the frantic owners were probably running all over the neighborhood to look for their wonderful furry friend. Later, I called again and heard a frantic voice on the phone gasping for air and asking if I found their loving pet. I told the man to relax, that I had the dog in the backseat of my car and I worked only a few miles from his house. It was Christmas time and the air was filled with the holiday spirit. The owner told me he would be right there.

Something About This Man Looked Familiar

When the dog’s owner arrived, he was driving a big red truck and when he got out, I saw his white hair and long beard.  I thought he looked exactly like Santa Claus. When he saw his beloved over-sized pup sitting in the back seat of my car, the rather large man smiled from ear to ear.  I opened my car and the owner and his large furry friend were in each other’s arms instantly and I swear I saw a tear drop from the man’s eye.

I think that day I saw Santa and his ‘reindeer’ find each other again. It was a wonderful Christmastime rescue that brought joy to my holiday season.

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12:36PM PDT on Sep 15, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

4:41AM PST on Feb 5, 2014

Sweet! I'm happy that the beautiful dog & his owner were reunited...ESPECIALLY at the holiday season, when things seem so much more joyous...or sad. Great happy ending!!!

1:24PM PST on Jan 21, 2014

Sweet story

7:59PM PST on Jan 20, 2014

I hope tis was a true story and not made up for Christmas. I'm happy you were able to get the two of them back together just in time for Christmas.

2:04AM PST on Jan 20, 2014

Santa was glad to find his dog, me too. :)

7:56PM PST on Jan 1, 2014


3:27PM PST on Dec 31, 2013

Awwww what a sweet story. :)

12:27PM PST on Dec 28, 2013

Great story, happy end! ;-)

7:07PM PST on Dec 27, 2013

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

7:50AM PST on Dec 26, 2013

Wonderfully heartwarming. Thank you Laura!

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