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

Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 Favorite. 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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Jim Ven
Jim Ven6 months ago

thanks for the article.

Julia Cabrera-Woscek

Awww, heartwarming!

delilah st louis
delilah st louis10 months ago


Pamela Mcpherson
Pamela Mcpherson10 months ago

Great story. So happy that dog and owner were reunited by this wonderful good samaritan

Graziella Veri
Graziella Veri11 months ago

noted,liked e shared.Thank you

Bev K.
Bev M.11 months ago

What a lovely story. Thank you so much for sharing it. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!

Tanya Selth
Tanya Selth11 months ago

nice story :)

Gustavo Castro Leal
Gustavo Castro Leal11 months ago

WOW! A beautiful story of friendship, love, so typical for this time. Thank you so much for Laura Simpson for this moment so yummy affection between humans and a beautiful dog

Angela K.
Angela K.11 months ago

Thanks for sharing :-)

Maxane Goldstein
Maxane Goldstein11 months ago

Thank you.
I feel better.