DALLAS — Joe Creighton and Russell Nordhoff made a 1,400-mile drive from Maryland to the Dallas Animal Shelter to help a friend and his four-legged partner.
"There was no question. We had to come," said Creighton. "If you were a friend of his, he'd go around the world for you... so this the least we could do for him."
They came for their friend, Benny Gerlock and his dog, Holly.
Gerlock, a trucker, died last week after crashing his 18-wheeler on Interstate 35E south of downtown Dallas, but the chocolate Lab survived.
Since the accident, strangers have stepped forward, offering a new home for Holly, but Benny's friends say Holly already has one.
"We could have her with the officer who got her out of the wreck, but Benny would have been much happier if she comes home with somebody," Nordhoff explained.
So Holly (wearing a Dallas Cowboys bandana) is heading back to the East Coast in Benny's pickup truck — something familiar — and staying with family.
"The dog made it through the accident without a scratch, so we decided that we would take a ride from Maryland and come down here and pick her up so we can take her home," Nordhoff said.
Benny and Holly met seven years ago. They were inseparable — in life and in death — and for Benny’s last goodbye, she will be there, too.