R.I.P. Cowboy: Woman Searching for Missing Dog Finds Closure

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FORT WORTH -- It’s a dog lover’s biggest nightmare. A nightmare Pam Hudson from Fort Worth knows all too well.

“I adopted him when he was 10 weeks old,” Hudson said.  “Went on vacation December 17th, and placed my dog with a pet sitter. He came up missing the very first day.”

But she didn’t find out that Cowboy was missing until two days after it happened.

“The focus is really not on what happened and why, because we can’t change that.  It’s just finding him,” she added.

That’s when Shelter2Rescue Coalition stepped in.  That’s the agency that brought Cowboy to Pam’s family three years ago.

“We’d see each other on weekends and see him hop in and out of her truck with her and go everywhere,” Louisa Bennett with the Coalition said.

Sadly, the holiday season is when many pets runaway from home. There are the loud fireworks, unfamiliar visitors -- that’s why microchipping is a must-have.

“Very important,” Bennett added.  “Some people think that it won’t be helpful, but it is.”

And for a moment, there was hope.

Pam got a call at 4:30 Tuesday morning that Cowboy was spotted in a field, and she’s been looking ever since.  They were in the process of preparing traps to attract Cowboy.

“He’s spoiled rotten,” Hudson said.  “He’s never been left outside. I have him as well as four cats and they sleep, eat, everything together. I miss him.”

But Cowboy’s story took a terrible turn when a NewsFix crew member spotted a pup that looked familiar, lying on the side of the highway, and called the family.

…It was Cowboy.

Rest in peace, buddy.