Lost and Found
Ark. man reunited with dog that ran off after accident in Hopkins County
Patti Sells | News-Telegram Feature Editor

Johnny Cheney and Sarge were reunited this weekend after being separated for almost two weeks when the dog ran from the scene of an accident his owner had while passing through the county.
Photo By Kari Kramer, Country World

March 14, 2006 -- Johnny Cheney of Arkansas and his dog Sarge were reunited this past weekend after almost two weeks of separation due to an automobile accident while passing through  Hopkins County on Feb. 27.

Cheney and Sarge were headed home from Dallas when the accident occurred at the 116 mile marker on Interstate 30  near Brashear. During all the chaos, Sarge leaped from a broken window and ran from the scene.

With his vehicle in tow and out of commission, Cheney had to rely on the people of Hopkins County to help him find the faithful companion he raised from a pup.

After several days lodging in Sulphur Springs looking for his "best friend," to no avail, Cheney finally had to leave without him.

But the word was out, thanks to an article in the News-Telegram, and sympathizers such as Linda Deas of Brashear kept a sharp eye open for the lost dog.

According to Deas, the dog showed up at the home of her son, Mark Krocky, also of Brashear, within the past week.

"I just knew it was him," said Deas, who realized right away he was the missing dog described in the newspaper. "He had the camo collar and black (purple) tongue."

"He had been feeding him with his dogs," she said. "But he [Sarge] was real scared and wouldn't let anyone get close to him."

Deas placed a call to Cheney at the contact number listed in the paper. 

"He told me what treats he liked, and as soon as I called his name, he came right to me," she said. "We've been friends ever since. I'm an animal lover myself and I was glad to help reunite him with his owner."

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