Jack, the Wheaton Terrier/Lhasa Apso mix belonging to Kevin and Shari Perkins of Red Lion, has been found after 11 days (some quite cold, wet and snowy) on his own. He had bolted after being startled by a salt truck.
Although he was found only 1/8 of a mile from his home, Jack apparently had traveled quite far. He was spotted as far away as List Road, which is 3.5 miles from his home, and was also seen near Kelly’s Green and at the square in Red Lion.
“He was desperately trying to get home,” writes Shari Perkins. “He was found on the corner of Park Street and Broadway under a tree in a backyard. A gentleman by the name of Andy saw him lying there, called us, and stayed by the entrance to the yard until we arrived. … Jack saw me, his ears went up and he walked right to me.”
Perkins said they put a total of 1,002 miles on their car searching for Jack during those 11 days and hung more than 700 posters and flyers.
“We took him to the vet right away. He has a double ear infection; skin infections from the dirt, mud and animal waste exposure; a mouth infection from eating lord knows what; has lost 7 lbs. and has a nasty, nasty cold,” writes Perkins. “He was running a fever of 103.9, very dehydrated, etc. Everything you would expect from the elements.”
The Perkins family wishes to thank everyone who helped in the search for Jack.
“When I first saw him, I honestly believe he was ready to give up, and with the fever I don’t believe he had a great deal of time left,” Perkins writes. “He was truly dejected and sick. There are not enough words to express our gratitude! I only wish he could tell us all about his journey.”
Welcome home, Jack. We’re so glad you’re resting and recuperating!