Rusty, the 20-pound runaway Labradoodle that has been missing for more than a week after running out an open door at Shelby Township Groomer , has been reunited with his family.
A couple leaving for vacation early Friday morning spotted Rusty outside their home on 28 Mile and Campground roads and called his owner, Sally Williamson, and the grooming center.
Williamson, the search team and a nearby neighbor took her beagle for a walk in the area where Rusty was spotted and the beagle was able to sniff Rusty.
Rusty was found playing and immediately ran into Williamson’s arms, according to Wag 'N' Tails owner Christine Fox.
More than a dozen volunteers had joined Fox in the search for Rusty.
There have been several sightings of the dog. He's even been seen playing with deer in a field near 26 Mile and Mound roads. Fox had sent search and rescue dogs and even a psychic into subdivisions and the area.
“We couldn't have done it without our team and the community,” said Patti DeBono, director of training at Wag ‘N’ Tails.
Rusty escaped the day center last Friday when a deliveryman opened the door.
“In the 20 years I’ve been training and caring for dogs, Rusty is the first to ever make it past our doors. He was so startled, no one was going to stop him,” Fox said.
Fox said this incident has inspired her to start a free workshop for the community called Rusty’s Rules.
“We want to help other dog owners with skittish or easily frightened dogs to never have to be worried about them running away.”