CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Man's best friend and his owner are reunited! A Cape Coral soldier and his service dog are together again, and WINK News spoke exclusively to the woman who made their reunion happen.
"Indescribable. It's a mix of emotions right now. Happiness. I feel safe, I feel, life is back to where it was," said veteran Ryan Grose.
An emotional reunion as a soldier as his best friend back in his life. After two combat tours overseas, Ryan Grose still struggles with graphic memories and post traumatic stress disorder. Three years ago he was paired with "Ebby," a greyhound-husky mix.
Wednesday night, he came home to find the doors open and Ebby gone. But his beloved best friend was about to run into a good samaritan in Nicole McQuaig! "All of a sudden a dog came in and wandered around the store," she explained. McQuaig owns The Finishing Touch Boutique and Gallery, off Del Prado Boulevard.
She knew immediately Ebby was lost, and cornered him down the street. That night she saw Ebby's face on WINK News, and harnessed the power of social media.
"I went onto Facebook to 'Southwest Florida Moms' and asked for a Cape Coral detective that I know is on there. It happened to be there was a friend of his on there, and we got in touch by phone," McQuaig said.
She told Grose his dog was safe and sound with animal services. "I didn't want to go to bed knowing that was the dog that walked in my store. All I pictured was those sad little eyes," she said.
"This is like my lifeline, he's been there for me through everything. Thank you for everything you did, keeping my dog safe," said Grose.
Grose is now outfitting Ebby with a GPS tracking device.
He says he still has no idea how Ebby got out, and says the Cape Coral Police Department is investigating.