Rambo, a 9-month-old Yorkshire Terrier, was just about to be taken by a family who found the little pooch all alone at a highway rest area Sunday in Hannibal, Mo., when an animal control officer swooped in and retrieved him for his dog dad.
Truck driver Michael Siau had been taking a restroom break when Rambo escaped out a window of his big rig two days earlier.
“Didn’t even cross my mind that he might jump out. He never has before,” Siau told the Hannibal Courier-Post. “I jumped back in the truck, put it in gear and drove off. And I just thought he was in the back asleep.”
But after driving 170 miles, Siau made the devastating discovery that Rambo was missing. Siau had taken six months off work due to depression after Rambo’s dad, Ollie, was struck and killed by a car last October. He wasn’t about to lose another dog.
Because of his tight schedule, Siau might have lost his job if he went back to look for Rambo. He was certain his pup had escaped at the rest stop in Hannibal, so he called the nearest police department. He was told they’d look into it, but got no response for two days.
“I was in tears, sobbing, calling that same police department in LaGrange back Sunday morning because nobody had returned my call,” Siau told the Hannibal Courier-Post.
At that point he was told that another town, Hannibal, had jurisdiction over that particular rest area, and he was advised to get in touch with their animal control department.
Within three hours of Siau’s phone call to Hannibal animal control, Officer Tim Ledbetter found Rambo still waiting patiently at the rest stop.
“In about 60 seconds, he would have been gone,” Ledbetter told the Associated Press. Another family was ready to drive off with the abandoned pup.
On Tuesday, Siau and Rambo were reunited at the Northeast Missouri Humane Society.
According to the Associated Press, when Rambo heard Siau call his name, the Yorkie started to whimper and squirm. “Once in Siau’s arms, Rambo climbed up his shoulder and began kissing the back of his neck,” the Associated Press reported.
“You’ve never been this excited,” Siau said to his pooch. He promised he will make sure Rambo never leaves his side on future road trips.