We’re sure Jason Gasparik had lots of fun and interesting plans for the weekend, but fate had other plans.
As the North Carolina man was driving home from a friends house at the start of a March weekend, he noticed a terrified chocolate Lab running around on the grass median in traffic. An animal lover himself, Jason pulled over to see if he could help capture the dog, but she was so scared that getting a hold of her was no easy feat.
Soon Jason was joined by a police officer and another concerned citizen in trying to wrangle the dog, but she was so worked up she wouldn’t even come to the strangers when there were treats involved. Finally, something clicked and Jason found a way to grab her.
“I noticed she would run after me if I lightly jogged. She was playful but very apprehensive,” he said. “I decided to run around the parking lot nearby and after some laps around, she finally got tired, lay down and I was able to grab her neck scruff.”
Next thing he knew, Jason was sitting in a 24-hour vet clinic getting her checked out. The good news was that Roxy the dog has a microchip; the bad news is that it was not registered to an owner. He could have given up and surrendered the dog to a shelter right then and there, but that just isn’t his style. Instead, he went home and posted an urgent message on Facebook, using a service called PawBoost to expand the post’s reach and network with rescue organizations.
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“The first night I brought her to my home, she immediately jumped on my bed and landed right on top of me licking my face,” he said. “She was excited but you could tell she was so confused and scared — but happy to be hanging out with me.”
The next morning he awoke to find no hits from his social media posts, so he got the idea to hit the streets with an old fashioned sign. “I made my sign with an old moving box and a tiki torch pole and decided to go to the corner [where I found Roxy],” he said. “Admittedly, I felt like a complete fool when I first got out of my truck and started walking to the corner. I almost turned around because I figured everyone would ignore me thinking I was some scammer just looking for money or something.”
In spite of his fears, Jason stuck to his guns and stood out on the corner smiling and waving at passersby for several hours. When people pulled over to see what was happening, he asked them to share the lost dog’s picture on their own social media to expand their reach even further.
After Saturday yielded no results, Jason even went back out again on Sunday! He had a business trip planned for the next morning so he was more eager than ever to get Roxy back home. Thankfully, around lunchtime the right person spotted both Jason on one street with his sign and another driver a few miles away, looking for his dog. She put the pieces together and sent Jason a message… and just like that, Roxy’s owner appeared!
“As soon as we got near Ed’s truck, Ed shouted ‘Roxy Girl,’ and she was immediately wagging her tail and recognized Ed,” he said. “Roxy was happy to find Ed again.”
Jason carefully looked over all of Ed’s paperwork and found that the microchip ID numbers matched. He says the only thing he hopes people will take away from this story isn’t that he’s a wonderful person (though he clearly is); it’s to make sure their pets have updated microchip information on file.
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