Lost Dog Sneaks into a Police Car and Gets a Ride Home

Ruger may not have been able to find his way home by himself, but he knew how to find just the right kind of help when the opportunity presented itself.

Ruger rides shotgun in Deputy Hammell's cruiser. Photo: Tuolumne County Sheriff/Facebook
Ruger rides shotgun in Deputy Hammell’s cruiser. Photo: Tuolumne County Sheriff/Facebook

 

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Ruger was lost, but now he’s found.  And really, he sort of found himself.

The black lab was out wandering, far from home on a 20-degree winter night in northern California, likely missing his family.

At the same time, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Deputy Jon Hammell was out investigating a suspicious vehicle call. Amid his work, he left the door to his patrol car running, its door wide open.

 

Being lost is exhausting. Photo: Tuolumne County Sheriff/Facebook
Being lost is exhausting. Photo: Tuolumne County Sheriff/Facebook

 

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Ruger, who clearly has good instincts, took this opportunity to hop in, curl up on the passenger seat and wait for Hammell to return, find him irresistible, and give him a lift home. Which is pretty much exactly what happened.

Per the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page, Ruger’s owners “were very pleased to see him as they had been looking for him all evening.”

Ruger’s collar and tags helped the officer find his house expeditiously. Make sure your dog is wearing one all the time!

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  2. I had read this story not long after it had happen only a few short months back and my mind tonight went back to it just a short time ago and remember how happy I was to read of the very smart lost dog and the very nice and amply qualified deputy in discovering Ruger and taking him home to distressing owners. Made me want to come back and relive those joyful moments by reading of it all over again so here I am and would like to thank you for the short but sweet story of everyones four legged once lost but now found friend our very own Mr, Ruger… God bless you Amy…… Greg

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