KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- We like happy endings. And this one has a tail-wagging finale.
This morning (Tuesday) FOX 4's Senior Creative Services Producer Laura Manivong walked in, preceded by a bolt of lightning. Actually, it was a four-legged bundle of high-canine energy. Laura had found a Jack Russell running happily along Ward Parkway and Rockwell in Kansas City, Mo. But while he was delighted to be gallivanting around, he was also "seconds away from death," as Laura said. He was dodging traffic during the morning commute. Laura opened her car door and he jumped right in. He then accompanied her to the office where he sniffed out every corner that he could.
Being the dog lovers and tech-savvy fiends that we are, we turned to Facebook for help. Laura first posted his picture to her own account. It was then shared on several pages, including the FOX 4 Morning Show Facebook page.
And then it happened. His picture and our plea to reunite him with his owners went viral -- locally at least.
Finally, news reached the dog's owner and she called FOX 4.
"Yeah, I think you guys have my dog," said Sarah McGinnity over the phone.
She went on to explain how Mac (that's his name) had wrangled himself out of his collar during his morning potty break and off he went to explore the great outdoors, sans permission. McGinnity said she drove around for a while looking for him, but ol' Mac left no trail. McGinnity admitted she went to work crying, devastated her dog was missing.
But then the power of social media kicked in. McGinnity said she started getting phone calls and emails from people, some perfect strangers.
"They said, 'I think FOX 4 has your dog,'" she said. "I went over to your Morning Show Facebook page and there he was."
McGinnity said she had posted on Craig's List earlier that morning, explaining that Mac went missing. Her post on Craig's List and Laura's post on Facebook seemed to work. By 9:30 a.m. -- less than two hours after he bolted from his leash -- Mac was en route home.
McGinnity said she'll keep a closer eye on her hyper hound -- and she'll be getting him micro-chipped.
Be looking for Mac and McGinnity Wednesday morning on FOX 4's Morning Show! We're excited to do a live interview with them. Tune in!