The Stevenson family of Woodhaven, Michigan, encountered a bit of bad luck while driving on Christmas. The Stevensons were involved in a car accident, which turned the car over. The family’s dog escaped from the car and ran into the nearby woods.
Wade and Ruth Stevenson, along with their toddler and dog, were driving to meet their extended family on Christmas morning. The road was slick from snow and ice, and they hit a bad spot, causing their vehicle to roll over. The family’s car flipped several times before it landed on the side of the road.
Luckily, no one was injured in the accident. Wade Stevenson said even the Christmas gifts were spared harm. However, their one-year-old Golden retriever, named Red, had dashed out of the car and ran into the woods.
Wade and Ruth called the local Michigan police department, as well as animal control. The Stevensons, the police, and several volunteers combed the woods in search of Red. Animal control set three traps with food and clothing from the family, in an effort to lure the Golden retriever back.
Several of the local businesses claimed they had spotted the Golden retriever, so the family kept searching. Even with all the local help, the family could not locate their dog. Ruth wrote on her Facebook page that she was very grateful for all the support they had received in their search.
The Stevensons then set up a GoFundMe to raise money for a drone search. Much to their dismay, the expensive drone search came up empty-handed as well. The family had not lost hope, though. The thermal visioning from the drone search showed that the Golden retriever was in the area.
One week after Christmas Day, Wade confirmed that Red had finally been found! The family did not disclose exactly where the Golden retriever was rescued, but Red made it home safely for New Year’s Eve.