One second they were just cruising down the highway.
It was just 74 year old Bobby Allgood Sr and his 12 year old Australian Sheepdog, Ladybug, driving across the South Dakota prairies, the wheels of Allgood’s pick-up singing their traveling song.
They were long-time companions, partners in their twilight years.
And then, the next second, the truck was somersaulting and everything changed.
Allgood was gone.
Ladybug, frightened and confused, fled the February 6th crash scene, and for the next week and a half, began returning at times to where she’d lost her master, holding vigil at the road side. Concerned locals and law enforcement would try and persuade her to come along with them, hoping she would take them up on some food and shelter.
Yet despite her dog years, each time someone got near her Ladybug, in a burst of swiftness, would flee and vanish.
Then, after nine days on the run, according to Mary Garrigan of The Rapid City Journal, some people who had been following the orphaned pooch’s plight were able to spot her at the crash sight and coerce her into their vehicle. They then turned Ladybug over to Kadoka, South Dakota Police Chief Forrest “Woody” Davis.
And guess what?
Yep, Ladybug got away.
As Davis was attempting to turn the dog over to a kennel run by the town, she bolted again. This time, however, she was spotted just a short time later, and after a full-on hot pursuit involving cops and citizens, she was re-captured again. And that was when Chief Davis put her on a chain and decided to take her home with him while he tried to figure out where she would end up.
According to Davis, at first Ladybug “was pretty scared. It took a couple days for her to calm down and start making friends with me.”
Soon after, Bobby Allgood Sr’s three sons, Lester, Bobby Jr. and Troy Allgood, along with a grandson of the victim’s, all of North Carolina, began a long road trip from their southern homes to retrieve their father’s best friend.
This week, that’s just what happened, too.
Ladybug, reunited with her distant family, seemed as very happy to see them, as they were to see her.
“Getting her back fills a big void for us.” Troy Allgood said.
“She looks real good,” Lester Allgood added. “It’s taken a weight off my heart.”