This white German Shepherd is a service dog for a disabled veteran, Josh Brazzle. She has a tattoo in her ear and answers to "Ady."
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Cheryl Sim's Rhodesian Ridgeback "Oliver" came to Topeka to compete for Best of Breed.
But Oliver's winning story comes with twist.
"[He and his breeder] arrived in Topeka Thursday night. Maybe a few hours after they arrived, he was gone," Sims said.
An open door in an unfamiliar city - and Oliver was dog-gone.
Sims flew in from Albuquerque, where they live, to find her family's pet.
"We weren't leaving Topeka without him," she said.
She and her breeder Ross Jones canvassed, called Helping Hands Humane Society, animal control, the police, even the highway patrol.
"Today we got the most calls. You did a story last night, and people said they saw it on TV, they saw it on facebook."
Sims says it's Topekans and their love for dogs that got them reunited.
Several ladies even helped her search. They eventually saw Oliver near 47th Street and Wanamaker Road, she said.
"They ultimately found him on the side of the road, and they called us back and said they had him," Sims said, tearing up. "And so I came and there he was."
Oliver may still compete tomorrow if he feels up to it, Sims said. But as for his family, Sims said, they have already gotten their reward.
"He's family. He was at our wedding when he was a puppy. The competition, you know, it's just because he's a beautiful dog and it's part of his breed to show him," she said. "But there's no competition, nothing beats him coming home safe and being with us and our family."
Meanwhile, another dog owner is asking
for help in finding his dog.
The white German Shepherd is a service dog for a disabled veteran, Josh Brazzle.
She has a tattoo in her ear and answers to "Ady."
She was let out of her yard on Saturday in the 16-hundred block of High Street.
If you find her, please call 785-506-2031 and leave a message or text.