Bryan Family Returns Missing Dog to Oklahoma City Family In Time For Christmas

Two days before Christmas and one family is getting their wish a little early as an Oklahoma City family has a reunion they'll never forget.

Their dog disappeared from their home and was found four days later right here in Bryan.

Now "Cruz" the dog, is making it home for the holidays.

He's an energetic pit bull terrier that loves people, that's also deaf.

"He has a sweet disposition. We're looking forward to the trip," said Bryan City Council Member Ann Horton.

Cruz, like many of us has had some travels this month. A few days back he disappeared from his family's yard, in Oklahoma City.

Somehow, someway he wound up at the Bryan Animal Center, after he was picked up in town.

"They had just rescued him from a shelter in Oklahoma City. They put him out in the backyard, and he disappeared and found his way to Bryan so we feel like Santa Claus," Horton added.

Bryan City Council Member Ann Horton, her husband and daughter were planning on going to Oklahoma City to see family and wanted to help.

While they don't know exactly how Cruz got down here to Bryan, the Horton Family is making sure he's back in Oklahoma in time for Christmas.

They left Thursday morning on the homeward bound journey of more than 350 miles back to the Sooner State.

"I had left him in my backyard for like ten minutes... I go back and check on him and he is gone," said Cynthia Rodriguez, an Oklahoma City resident.

Rodriguez looked for Cruz for two hours after he disappeared with no luck.

A few days later she got a phone call.

"I said where are you so I can pick him up and she said, 'Well I'm in Texas,' and I was like wow how did he get over there,?" she recalled.

Since she, her 4-year-old daughter Kimberly and husband couldn't come down to Texas, the Hortons came to her.

"I think it's one of those warm fuzzy Christmas stories and we're just happy that we get to be a part of it," said Ann Horton.

"Yeah he's back thank God he's so happy to be back with us. It's going to be a nice Christmas for us this year," said Cynthia Rodriguez.

A Christmas with Cruz.

Cruz is said to be recovering safe and sound at home Friday night.

A rabies vaccination tag led officials in Bryan to the family in Oklahoma City.


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