Man was carjacked, but what was inside keeps him up at night—’I don’t care about my car!’

January 20, 2018 12:12 pm Last Updated: January 20, 2018 12:12 pm

Material possessions can be replaced. Electronics, expensive clothing, and jewelry are all significant investments, but ultimately ephemeral.

Even vehicles, the most pricey item many people will ever purchase, can be replaced with a phone call to the insurance provider.

But unlike cars and clothes, there are no two living things which are exactly alike. Every organism is unique in its own way.

With that in mind, it’s easy to understand why Daniel Ashimine had other concerns when he heard his car was stolen out of the parking lot of his restaurant.

Daniel Ashimine’s car was stolen out of the parking lot of his Los Angeles, California restaurant on January 8.

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Ashimine realized his car was gone and was immediately thrown into a panic—his dog Holly had been sleeping in the passenger seat.

After police were unable to quickly locate the vehicle, the restaurateur worried he would never see her again.

“Man, I had a heart attack. I don’t care about my car, I really love my dog!” Ashmine said while speaking to CBS.

He and his wife hopped in their other car and started driving all over town looking for Holly. They were unable to find her, and returned home that night without their pooch.

The next day, police called Ashimine and told him they had found his car, but his dog Holly wasn’t found inside.

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For a brief moment, Ashimine thought his worries were over. Officers called to tell him someone reported suspicious activity, which led to the recovery of his van.

The van was totaled, and Holly was nowhere to be seen.

But just as Ashimine was fearing he would have to face a reality in which he didn’t get Holly back, the police caught the suspect who stole the car. Holly was the first thing they asked him about.

The car thief told the officers that he left the dog at a homeless village. Police drove to the village straight away, and after asking around, found Holly in good shape.

“I was the happiest man in the world! Man, I love that dog so much,” Ashimine said.

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The relieved dog owner said his pup appeared to have been in great distress over the last two days.

“When I was taking her home, she sits in the passenger’s seat, and looks at me, and boom, falls asleep. I don’t think she slept in two days,” he said.

When asked what he thought about the people who helped him locate Holly, Ashimine had nothing but glowing praise.

“They’re all good people, man. I don’t know what to say. I’m really grateful. Really, really grateful.”

Ashimine went home with Holly immediately after being reunited. He hadn’t slept in two days, and with his pooch safely asleep in the car again, he was ready for a nap.