LEWISVILLE (CBS 11 NEWS)– A Texas man and his dog, who had been missing for almost a month were reunited after several volunteer groups transported the dog from Minnesota to Texas.
Jackie the dog is a beloved member of the Bostick family.
In December, just days before Christmas, Cody Bostick, his wife Colby, who was pregnant with twins, their 13 month-old son Easton and Jackie, the dog, on a road trip from Iowa to College Station, Texas for the holidays.
They encountered blizzard conditions and were involved in a 25 car pile-up along the interstate.
Colby died a short time later. In the chaos, Jackie the dog was lost.
Cody Bostick held out hope that his dog would some day be found. He and his brother called veterinarians in the area in hopes that she had been spotted. Two weeks later, Bostick got a phone call saying someone had found his dog.
Turns out, Jackie had traveled 40 miles south of the crash site along I-35 in Iowa for 4 days before she was picked up by a truck driver.
“A gentleman saw her almost get hit by a truck and he pulled over and she jumped in his truck with him and he took her to Minnesota,” Bostick said. The driver gave Jackie to a friend of his, who began to look for Jackie’s owner.
“She put Jackie on Craigslist,” Bostick said. “She said she had emails instantly.”
Folks knew that that was the dog everyone had been looking for.
Bostick then identified Jackie through a cell phone picture and some unique characteristics that only he would know about. One of them was what Bostick called her “confused ears,” where one would stick up and the other flops over.
Several volunteers groups wanted to help.
Sheri Jackson made a call for volunteers to help transport Jackie from Minnesota to Texas. She receieved close to 70 emails from people all over the country wishing to help. There were 12 volunteers, each one drove one leg of the trip, who brought Jackie to Lewisville, Texas.
Bostick is grateful to the volunteers who helped bring his family back together again.
“It’s just an amazing story of survival in that kind of weather that she’s never been in and it gives me comfort that Colby is looking out for us,” he said.
Hampton Inn and Suites in Lewisville donated a meeting room where Bostick and Jackie could be reunited.
Jackie recognized her owner and her buddy, Easton, instantly. She licked Bostick and Easton cooed and giggled and clapped when he saw Jackie.
Bostick says having Jackie back has given him new hope and shown him the kindness in people. He also says Jackie is providing some much needed comfort.
“My biggest struggle right now has been getting sleep and she always sleep on my feet so that will be tonight,” Bostick said.
And this time, Jackie is coming to the rescue for Bostick in her own special way.
“It’s a bad situation, but this brings a little bit of normalcy back to our lives,” he said.