A Richmond Hill dog had quite an adventure earlier this week.
Lizzie Wags, a 2-year-old Boston terrier belonging to Karen and Nick Johnson, was at Andy’s Lawn Machinery on Ogeechee Road when she went missing Wednesday morning.
“I work at Andy’s,” Karen Johnson said. “And she’s been coming to work with me every day since she was 6 weeks old. And all of a sudden I couldn’t find her. I looked, and all the guys around here started searching for her and making calls, and then we looked at the video from the surveillance cameras.”
That’s when the first part of the mystery of the dog’s disappearance was solved, at least partially. Because Andy’s sells and services lawn mowers and other equipment, there are always “trucks with trailers coming in and out, and Lizzy happened to jump on the back of an open trailer and she just rode on out of there,” Johnson said.
The owner of the trailer left a lawnmower at Andy’s for service, so they had his contact information and called, but he didn’t recall seeing a dog on his trailer.
“He said there was no dog on his trailer, and the only place he’d stopped was at the El Cheapo’s at I-16 and Highway 280,” she said. “I was frantic. I was sick. Lizzie has never been apart from me at all, not even a night.”
As it turned out, Lizzy hopped off the trailer in Black Creek, approximately 45 miles from where she’d gotten on. The dog then found Bryan County Sheriff’s Department Corporal Jacob Lancaster, who checked to see if anyone had reported they were missing the dog. Lancaster then turned the dog over to Bryan County Animal Control Officer Thomas Sanders, who also checked to see if the dog had been reported missing and also came up empty.
Still hunting for her dog, Johnson called BCAC. She spoke with Sanders, and Lizzy was reunited with her family. By then, it was after 4 p.m., Johnson said.
After quizzing Johnson to make sure the dog was hers, Sanders set up a meeting and dog and owner were reunited. “Everyone,” Johnson said. “Was happy.”
“We stopped by Cedar Animal Hospital and had her micro-chipped right then,” Johnson said. “And her shots weren’t due until next month, we went ahead and got her those, too.”
Lizzy also got some of her favorite food on the way home, then a warm bath and a good night’s sleep.
“You get so attached,” Johnson said. “They become like your kids.”
She was also thankful for the help given her by Lancaster and Sanders.
“They’re my heroes,” she said.