When Kathy Wilkes-Myers saw a Rottweiler in a ditch by the side of the road, she knew there was something different about her. Wilkes-Myers has seen many abandoned pets, but she knew this dog was not a stray dog. The dog was starving and covered in ticks, drinking from a ditch, but she did not act like a stray. There were also broken tail lights and pieces of glass where the Rottweiler stayed—this was the site of a recent car accident.
“She’s somebody’s baby, you can tell,” Wilkes-Myers said of the dog (video below). “If her eyes could talk, if they could speak words, they would speak volumes.
“That was the last spot she saw her family and she was going to stay there,” Wilkes-Myers knew.
Then Wilkes-Myers followed the dog into the woods beside the road, and found something like a nest. There were toothbrushes, a lighter, even a broken shoe. This dog had created a nest of her family’s personal artifacts.
“Oh my God, it just blew my mind: This dog is trying to find some comfort,” Wilkes-Myers said. The Rottweiler couldn’t locate her family, so she found everything she could of them from the accident site and kept it safe.
Wilkes-Myers collected the items up and took the dog back to her rescue ranch, and then began looking through the items to see if there was a way to locate the dog’s family. In those items was an insurance pamphlet that led to an insurance agent named April Bowers.
When she contacted Bowers, the agent knew exactly who the family was.
It turns out the dog’s name was Ella, and she belonged to the Kelleys, a family of five that had been in a car crash two weeks ago. Their car had flipped over and landed on the side of the road—and Ella had been thrown from the car.
Wilkes-Myers, remembering the accident, got in contact with the highway patrol as well. They gave her the name of the mom and dad, and said rescue crews never saw a dog.
Joe Kelley remembers Ella, afraid, as he, his wife Michelle, and three kids, were put into an ambulance heading to the hospital.
“The last thing I remember is her looking straight into my eyes, before she ran off into the woods,” Joe said.
Michelle was devastated. “They couldn’t find my dog.”
Wilkes-Myers got in contact with the Kelleys immediately, and quickly arranged a reunion.
“You waited for Dad, huh?” Joe said.
“She never gave up,” Wilkes-Myers told them.