Texas family reunited with lost dog after tragic accident


CBS News

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 7:34 PM

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- A family trip took a devastating turn when they got into a car crash. The mother, pregnant with twins, died and their family pet was lost.

Jackie was a rescue dog and a beloved member of the Bostick family.

"I went to the pound I got her she was actually found underneath an over pass on I-20,” said owner Cody Bostick, “so I guess she's used to the interstate."

On a trip to College Station from Iowa for the holidays, the family encountered blizzard-like conditions and were involved in a 25-car pileup on the interstate.

Colby, who was pregnant with twins, died shortly after the crash, and in all the chaos, their dog, Jackie, was lost.

Jackie traveled 40 miles south on Interstate 35. She was picked up by a truck driver who saw her on the road four days after the accident.

"She jumped in his truck with him and he took her on up to Minnesota," said Cody.

Cody sent pictures of Jackie to nearby vets hoping someone would find her.

The driver who found her gave Jackie to his friend.

"She put Jackie on Craigslist kind of where they found her,” said Cody. “She said she had emails instantly; that's the dog they've been looking for."

Two weeks after the accident, Cody got a call.

"I thought there was a chance -- just a shot in the dark that we'd be able to find her,” said Cody. “We got up there and he just held up his phone and said is that her? And I just broke down and said that's her."

Almost one month later, 12 volunteers transported Jackie from Minnesota to Texas.

"It’s just an amazing story of survival in that kind of weather that she's never been out in and it gives me comfort that Colby is looking out for us. It's a good feeling,” said Cody.

Cody says having Jackie back has given him a new hope and much needed comfort.

"My biggest struggle right now has been getting sleep and she always sleeps on my feet, so that will be tonight."

And this time, Jackie is coming to the rescue in her own way.

"It’s a bad situation, but this brings a little bit of normalcy back to our lives," said Cody.