A southeast Kansas family was reunited with their family dog last week- nearly two months after he disappeared and somehow ended up 1,500 miles away in San Diego.
Ty and Nikki Lewis of Oswego and their two children Dani and Kass picked up their Jack Russell terrier mix, Rascal, at the airport Saturday night.
A California animal rescue organization called The Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals paid for Rascal’s flight home on United Airlines.
Rascal had run away from his home in Kansas on Thanksgiving weekend. His family searched the area near their Oswego, Kansas home with no luck. Amazingly the little dog turned up in California just a couple of days later.
" We got a call from our vet saying somebody had called them and said they found Rascal. She When I called the number they gave the vet ... the person was in San Diego," Ty explained.
Ty spoke with a man in the San Diego area who had Rascal. Ty and the San Diego resident talked about how they could get Rascal back to Oswego. But that very same evening Rascal ran off from that man's home.
Weeks passed, and last week the Lewis family received another call from California. San Diego County Animal Services contacted the Lewis family last Wednesday to let them know they had Rascal in their possession. The Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals offered to help get Rascal home and arranged his flight.
The return of Rascal was still a surprise for the Lewis children. Ty and Nikki told their children they'd be traveling to Tulsa Saturday to pick up one of Ty's old friends at the airport. After waiting more than an hour at the airport, United Airlines employees carried a dog crate to the ticket area where they were standing. Dani and Kass were surprised when the crate was opened and rascal ran out!