As told by Rudy's family...
On 1/29/08 at approx. 1pm, the mail delivery person came to our business. This was earlier then normal and I was
at lunch while Phil was out playing golf.
We take our dogs to
work with us Monday through Friday and they keep us company in the front office. When the postal worker comes in, she always
feeds the dogs one biscuit each. On this fateful day, after she gave each dog a biscuit, she opened the door and went out
but this time all three of our dogs followed her out the door! This had NEVER happened before.
An employee brought Dutch and Cappy back but Rudy wouldn't come to her. He just kept on going! Another employee ran
after him, (which we know is the wrong thing to do). Rudy was worried, and may have questioned. "Why is this person chasing
after me and screaming?" So of course, he started to go faster and the employee couldn't keep up with him. She last saw
him turning south along the access road of a major highway called Central Expressway.
The rest of the story is reconstructed based on witnesses. We believe that Rudy kept on traveling south until he
got to Mockingbird Lane, a major eight lane artery in Dallas. We believe that Rudy may have crossed Mockingbird and was then
hit by a car.
On Wednesday night around 10pm, a Good Samaritan
saw Rudy in the parking lot of The Palomar Hotel. He got out of his car and tried to catch Rudy but the now injured dog was
so terrified, he just ran away. Luckily the man was able to follow Rudy and saw him head toward an empty lot behind the hotel.
He then lost site of Rudy. It would be days before we knew about this sighting and this man's efforts to help Rudy.
In the meantime, Phil and I searched and put fliers up every day; unfortunately
we soon found out that as soon as we put them up, someone was taking them down. Phil said it was probably the telephone company
since we had nailed them to telephone poles.This was incredibly discouraging to me and I cried every time I saw where a flier
had been taken down.
We got a few calls but none were Rudy.
We then called private investigator Karin TarQwyn and asked for her help. We were tired and discouraged and sure that some
one had found Rudy and was keeping him in their house. Karin assured us that this was probably not the case but that instead
he was roaming. She designed a strategy which included a public awareness campaign. (We got a call from a dog rescue who had
seen the posters designed by Karin and she told Phil that they were the best posters she'd ever seen!)
Finally the man who sighted Rudy saw one of the posters Saturday at 10pm
when he came out of a movie. He immediately called Phil's cell phone but we were asleep, exhausted from the mental stress
and from putting up the new posters all day. We didn't hear the message until
Sunday morning when we woke up.
We immediately drove
to the area described by the caller and started calling Rudy's name . Off in the distance a pair of ears popped up from behind
a pile of rubble. It was Rudy and as Phil started to walk towards him he became terrified and didn't recognize him as Karin
had said might happen. The hair on the back of Rudy's neck was up, he tucked his tail and started to run away at full speed
but something was very wrong- he was dragging his leg. I called Rudy and while he looked at me, he didn't come to me. Our
other dogs were with us and I calmly but quickly got Cappy out of the car. I said, "Look Rudy, it's Cappy!" Rudy
looked over at Cappy, he slowly and carefully came towards us. By now I was crying and repeating Rudy's name over and over.
He finally came up to Cappy and I collapsed in joy. It had been such an ordeal.
Rudy was obviously injured so we immediately took him to the Emergency Clinic. He was diagnosed with a broken femur
and severe dehydration, (the vet said he was 60% dehydrated). Rudy had surgery on Monday at the Veterinary Specialists Center
where they had to put 2 pins in his busted up leg.
believe that if it wasn't for Karin's advice and constant reassurance, Phil and I could not have made it through this. I know
we wouldn't have Rudy back with us alive. We are very thankful we made that call.
Phil & Deirdre Marr