Morning commuters in Mesa, Arizona got quite the surprise on their way to work earlier this week when they saw a big black dog going for a run down the highway. Luckily, Summer had a happy reunion with her owner Kelly Nichols after being missing for two days. So what happened?
Summer had herself a little adventure when she escaped through an unlocked gate on Friday night. With no collar and no identification, Summer ran for two days. And she got into a scary situation when she ended up on the highway.
Patrick Flanigan was one of the people on their way to work on Monday morning when he saw Summer’s big escapade. Luckily, he decided to get out and help. He managed to grab Summer and hold onto her until the troopers could get a collar on her. Summer got scared and wound up biting Flanigan’s hand in the process, but Flanigan had no regrets. “We have a dog, we have kids. I know if our dog was out, we would want someone to do the same thing,” he told Fox 10.
Reunited!!! Lost dog found running loose on US 60 stopping traffic reunited with owner. Both trilled. Watch: pic.twitter.com/cbCiqpCChE
— Andrew Hasbun (@andrewfox10) May 16, 2016
Finally, after two days on the run, Summer had an emotional reunion with her family. “This is definitely her,” a tearful Nichols said as an ecstatic Summer wagged her tail and jumped up during their reunion.
“I am super happy she is in one piece, I’ll be able to take her home, and she won’t go without her collar and her information ever again,” Nichols told Fox 10.
Poor Summer’s ordeal isn’t quite over yet, though. Because she had bitten Flanigan, Summer had to go into quarantine for 10 days so that they could check for rabies. But Summer should be back home safe and sound very soon. And hopefully she won’t be making any more impromptu runs down the highway.