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Strangers Help Reunite Military Family with Their Lost Dog

by Katherine

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When the Rowan family had to move from Texas to South Carolina, due to military re-assignment, they packed up everything and headed on a road trip for their move. However, along the way Winston, a seven-year-old wire terrier mix, accidentally got loose and lost.

The Rowans had stopped in Jackson, Miss., for a few nights and while they stayed  at a LaQuinta Inn off Interstate 55, the playful canine left their hotel room and let himself out the building.

Winston with his family.


Devastated, the Rowans immediately searched the surrounding area, but did not find their dog. Sadly, they had to continue with their move and had to leave Winston behind.

“Not knowing where he [was], or if he [was] OK, [was] tearing us apart,” Amanda Rowan told WAPT News. “We [searched] everywhere we [thought] a dog might go if they’re scared. We stopped everyone on the streets. Everyone [was] really friendly and offered to keep their eye out.”

Well, talking to locals and asking them to help them find Winston paid off. Two days after the Rowans left the state, they received a phone call saying their lost dog had been found.

By then the family was in a different state, but it only took eight driving hours to have Winston back in their arms.