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Lost Dog Stays At Site Of Family’s Car Crash For 13 Days Before Being Discovered

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

Kathy Wilkes-Myers was walking along the highway one day when she noticed something bizarre. It wasn’t unusual to see a stray animal wandering the open roads, but there was something about this Rottweiler that told Kathy she wasn’t a stray.

“I could just tell right away she was somebody’s baby. She just didn’t act like a stray dog to me,” Kathy told CBS. The dog, Ella, was emaciated, surviving only on the water from a drainage ditch.

Although it isn’t unheard of for someone to dump a dog in the middle of nowhere, Ella was communicating, somehow, that she wasn’t thrown away. Kathy did some digging.

She remembered there had been a terrible car accident right where she found Ella. When she returned to the accident site, she noticed something: It was a pile of wreckage and personal items.

Ella had been collecting what was left of the car accident — what was left of her family.

“She was hoping her family could come back. But they couldn’t. They couldn’t come back. It just breaks your heart,” said Kathy. “It was like she was sleeping with them — or waiting with them.”

It may seem unusual for a dog to remember its owners, but it happens all the time. In another story, veteran Jessica Gutierrez was separated from her dog for 5 years. When they reunited? The dog remembered her as clear as day. 

Kathy assumed the drivers must’ve been dead, but she called the highway patrol anyway.

“She gave me the mom’s name and the dad’s name and the mom’s name was Michelle. And I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is their dog,’ ” she said.

The full story? Ella was thrown from the car during the accident. The rescue crew didn’t see her and she spent 13 days scavenging and waiting for her family to return.

But there’s more: the family survived. They thought Ella was dead. Thanks to Kathy’s big heart and detective work, she was able to reunite Ella and her humans. Watch the sweet reunion below!

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