DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Mary Kay Taylor said she was the lucky one when she rescued Rowdy three years ago from a shelter.
“He is very loyal and very attached to me. I think because he had some previous trauma,” Taylor said.
So she made sure to spoil him, often taking him for walks on the campus of Davidson College near where she lives.
“I walk him usually well into campus and let him off the leash for maybe a five minute run around. Looking for squirrels is his favorite thing in the whole wide world to do,” she said.
But on Sunday he got carried away.
“In a matter of a seconds he was not within my vision and I heard this yelp noise and right away I thought, 'that’s not good.'”
But she had no idea what happened and no idea how to find the 8-year-old Jack Russell.
“I spent about an hour-and-a-half, two hours looking, looking, looking--calling his name,” Taylor said.
She posted fliers on every campus light post, and the Davidson online newspaper even posted the story. She spent a lonely night without him, wondering if he was gone.
“When you come home and he’s not there to greet you and all that kind of stuff, it’s sad,” she said.
Despondent, she was stunned when she received a phone call early Christmas morning--36 hours after Rowdy had disappeared.
He'd somehow fallen down a 12-foot pit in the well of a window outside the campus library.
“I think he jumped and down he went,” she said.
Tuesday morning, a man out walking his own dog heard Rowdy crying for help. He called the campus police. They then called the fire department and a few hours later Rowdy was snuggling by the fire in time to enjoy some new Christmas chews from Santa.
“It’s a miracle. It’s a Christmas miracle and I feel so grateful,” said Taylor.