Lucky dog returns home after stroll on Northern Avenue

Roadie takes a road trip after running away before his morning walk

August 05, 2011|By HEATHER KEELS |
  • A dog found wandering near McDonald's on Northern Avenue was fed by McDonald's staff and customers before a pair of volunteers transported it to The Washington County Humane Society.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

What could have been a tragic morning for a lost Jack Russell terrier took a happy turn Friday thanks to the efforts of an ex-Hagerstown mayor, a McDonald's manager, and several dog-loving breakfast patrons.

"Several of us were at McDonald's on Northern Avenue when we saw this cute little wirey-haired Jack Russell terrier walking up the sidewalk," former Mayor Steven T. Sager said.

Concerned about safety, Sager went outside and called the dog, who took two steps toward him, then changed his mind and ambled out into traffic, Sager said.

"He avoided a huge white truck by a few feet," McDonald's Manager Scott Levine said.

Another employee handed Levine a sausage patty, and he and some other customers used it to coax the dog out of the road, Levine said.

Two customers held the dog while another went to look for a rope and found, instead, some Maryland Ribbon Co. ribbon, which they used to tie the dog to a small tree in the shade, near a picnic table, Sager said.

The elderly male dog was white with a brown left ear and had a collar, but no tags. He was friendly and hungry and was soon doing tricks for a crowd of adoring patrons, who fed him dog biscuits, Sager said. They nicknamed him Ronald after Ronald McDonald, he said.

To attempt to find the dog's owner, the rescuers called local radio station WJEJ and shared their story on the air.

When no one immediately responded, Lacy Cochran of Maugansville offered to take care of him until the owner could be found.

But within about two hours, the radio announcement did its work.

The dog's owner, Michael Holland, said he was searching for his dog on The Terrace when a man carrying a ladder told him there was a Jack Russell terrier at McDonald's. The man's wife had heard about it on the radio, Holland said.

A few phone calls later, the dog, named Roadie, was safely back home.

Holland, who lives a few blocks away from McDonald's, said Roadie had gotten out that morning as he was preparing to take him for a walk. The dog wanted to get into the swimming pool, but Holland didn't let him.

"I guess he got mad," he said.

Holland said he was grateful to those who had coaxed Roadie out of the street and helped reunite him with his owner.

As for the star of the adventure?

"He's happy," Holland said. "He got spoiled a lot."

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