All the way from Michigan, Bryan Hotz and his trucking companion, Dallas, take a photo at the location where Dallas got scared after an accident Tuesday night and fled the scene.
By Damon Howell
Michigan truck driver Bryan Hotz, nephew Jeff, and dog Dallas had rented a U-HAUL to use as a shuttle between a McClain Mountain Road residence and their parked semi in the old Blue Star parking lot in Jasper.
They were moving furniture which was destined for Michigan.
Tuesday night, the crew was headed back to Jasper with a load, Bryan went to brake into the curve at the Cove and found there were no brakes, resulting in a collision with the bank.
While emergency crews were on scene asking questions, the dog slipped away and didn’t come back. Dallas had been a part of the family for six and a half years and the men weren’t about to leave him behind. So as soon as possible the two men began searching the area.
The flashlights and yelling caught the attention of residents who joined in the search, Bryan said. One man even gave the Hotzes his jeep to expedite the search. Being from out of town, the Hotzes agreed that Jasper folks are nice people. “Everyone’s heart just opened up and they started helping in the search,” said Jeff, from Florida.
After 28 hours of exhaustive searching, Dallas finally made himself found on Old Tate Mill Road, about three quarters of a mile from the accident scene.
“I just whistled, and [Dallas] crawled out from under a pine tree,” said Bryan. “It was the best thing I could have hoped for.”
As I was talking to the Hotzes on the side of the road Thursday morning, the man who offered his jeep saw us and pulled over to share a few words, including “that’s one lucky dog.”