Dog Reunites with Owner

1 decade 11 months 2 weeks ago October 12, 2005 Oct 12, 2005 Wednesday, October 12 2005 Wednesday, October 12, 2005 10:30:19 PM CDT in News

Beau Garcia waited six weeks and traveled 1,000 miles. Beau's shattered existence is slowly coming back to normal.  With each turn of the tires, he's one step closer to reuniting with his best friend.

"God, I didn't think I'd ever see him again." Beau's owner Joe Garcia said. Beau used to live in New Orleans with Garcia.

"There were people that stayed home and died because they wouldn't leave their pets," Garcia explained.

He had to leave Beau behind because animals weren't allowed on buses evacuating the Gulf Coast.

"Oh, it was the most horrible experience of my life. I had to turn the keys in that door. And know that I had to leave him and i might not get back," Garcia said.

While Garcia fled to Kansas City, Beau waited out the storm by floating on a mattress in his living room.

"He was floating up above all that muck and basically just living on the bed," Garcia explained.

For two weeks, Beau didn't have food.  It took volunteers of Louisiana's Humane Society to help after hearig Beau's cries for help. 

Garcia couldn't get back to New Orleans so he didn't know if his friend was still alive: "Everyday I went online and I'd find a new rescue group and I'd beg them to go in and look for him. And they said you must love him very bad, and I said I do."

The work paid off.  "They called and said does Beau belong to you," Garcia said.  "And I said yea, and she said well I got some news.  I thought oh, this must be bad. It's been three weeks. And she said he's alive, and I almost dropped the phone."

The Louisiana Humane Society called the Nelson Rolf Animal Shelter near Sedalia to come and get Beau.

"I mean everybody donates and gives help to the humans, and heavens yes they need it too. But there's not as many that help the animals and I just felt that's where i needed to be," Animal shelter volunteer Carol Weigel said.

Weigel drove to New Orleans to get Beau and bring him to Kansas City.

"Ah, we're buddies. He's ridden almost 1,000 miles with me. And he gives good puppy kisses. And minds pretty good most of the time. And i think he kinda likes me."

Weigel also brought eight other four-legged hurricane evacuees to Missouri. "I'm tickled to death to be able to bring [Beau] here. But I'm going to miss him. I'm definitely going to miss him."

Anne Smith of Columbia funded Weigel's trip to New Orleans. The animal shelter says it's in need of money to pay for vet bills. It's also in need of some foster parents. You can contact the Nelson Rolf Animal Shelter at 660-438-8880 or send your donation to 1215 Medic Drive, Warsaw, MO 65355.

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