August 31, 2015
An Air Force veteran has a great deal to celebrate this week, when devastation turned into exhilaration for a local family. WLKY is reporting that Tennessee resident Bret Steele realized his beloved dog ‘Precious’ went missing on Thursday, August 27. Three days later, on August 30, thanks to some Good Samaritans in Louisville, Kentucky, man and dog were back together in a tear-filled reunion.
Precious vanished during a move from the Steele family home in Old Louisville, Kentucky, to their new home in Tennessee. Steele thought he’d never see his canine buddy again, and was heartbroken. Not only is she a member of the Steele family, Precious is Steele’s constant companion, in the process of being certified as his service dog to help him deal with stress and anxiety. Steele received a medical discharge from the Air Force, due to his anxiety issues.
WLKY helped Steele by airing his plea to find Precious, with the veteran offering a $500 reward for her return. Steele admits it was very hard to cope with the thought that he’d never see her again. That plea paid off faster than he could have imagined. Mary George found Precious wandering around Iroquois High School, in Kentucky, and said of the friendly girl, “She almost got hit twice by passing cars.” George called to the pooch, and the dog came right over to her. Renee Johnson, Ms. George’s friend, saw the story on the news and the two women called WLKY, who was thrilled to pass the wonderful news on to Steele.
Steele drove four-and-a-half hours on Saturday to be reunited with Precious, an Australian Shepherd mix. Says Steele, “I couldn’t ask for nothing better. I mean, this is a God given gift, it was. Everything fell right into place.”
Johnson and George shared the $500 reward. Hearing of Good Samaritans helping a lost, scared dog is always comfort food for the heart and soul; reuniting that dog with its bereft owner … ‘priceless’.
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