People handle breakups in a variety of ways. Some will spend more time with family and friends, while others may try to distract themselves by having fun. Those who cannot process their emotions in a healthy way sometimes turn to committing terrible acts—such as abandoning their ex’s dog on the side of a road.
Unfortunately, this is exactly what the ex-boyfriend of Kansas resident Ikea Mosley did.
Mosley said her boyfriend at the time was taking her dog, Zimba, on a road trip when she decided to break up with him over the phone. He left the poor pooch on the side of the road, and no longer returned any of her phone calls.
On November 25, 2017, Zimba was discovered on the side of the road in Ridgely, Maryland—over 1,000 miles away from his home in Wichita!
The Caroline County Humane Society quickly took Zimba in and discovered his owner’s location. They proceeded to call Mosley, to let her know that her dog was safe.
Although she was thrilled to hear the news, as a single working mother, she just didn’t have the time to drive over and pick Zimba up. That’s when they hit a bit of a snag.
“We tried contacting airlines but that proved to be an unsuccessful solution,” the shelter wrote in a Facebook post. “We even contacted the Humane Society where his mom had originally adopted him. They did not have a solution for us either.”
Fortunately, one of the workers at the shelter told her boyfriend, Zach Holt, the story. He decided to drive Zimba back to Wichita by himself.
“I’m a bartender,” he told the local news. “I strictly work, you know, the weekends and Monday, and I have Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday off. And four days is plenty of time to get to Kansas and back, so I said, ‘Why not?’”
Holt and Zimba started their journey on December 5 and made it to Wichita the following morning. It was a lot of distance to cover in a short amount of time, but according to Holt, driving “is the easy part about it.”
“All the hard work of coordinating everything and having him found, you know, the person that took time out of their day to actually wrangle Zimba and make sure that they got in contact with somebody. I mean that was awesome,” he explained. “It was just as easy for them to just ride on by and be like ‘Oh look, there’s a stray dog.’”
The shelter has been doling out praise for Holt left and right. Yet Holt has been very modest about the whole ordeal. As an owner of multiple pets himself, he just felt like he was doing the right thing.
“I can’t imagine my right-hand man being gone that long,” he said partway through his journey. “It’s going to be great, I mean, it’s going to be lovely … especially it being so close to Christmas.”
When Holt brought Zimba back, Mosley gave him a hug and said, “I’m very, very thankful. I’m speechless because I can’t believe he drove all the way here.”
Wichita local news station KWCH 12 broadcast the dog–owner reunion live on Facebook (the reunion starts roughly 15 minutes in). Their video has over 133,000 likes, 4,000 reactions, and 1,000 shares.
WATCH THE REUNION LIVE:A Maryland man arrives in Wichita tonight to return a family's dog. Zach drove Zimba across the country for the reunion, and Jacob Albracht is covering it live. http://bit.ly/2AVePyz #zachzimba
Posted by KWCH 12 Eyewitness News on Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Holt still needs a bit of cash to cover travel expenses. So, if you want to help out, you can make a donation to The Caroline County Humane Society. He’s sure to appreciate it. Speaking of appreciation, Mosley seems extremely happy to have Zimba back again.