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Golden Retriever missing after Christmas morning crash reunited with family

Posted at 2:56 PM, Jan 01, 2020

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — “We were looking at one of the worst Christmases of our lives and now we’re looking at the best way to start a new year,” said Wade Stevenson after he and his wife were reunited with Red Tuesday afternoon.

Red is the couple’s one-year-old Golden Retriever and their four-year-old daughter Hazel’s best friend.

Red went missing after the family’s vehiclewas involved in a crash Christmas morning in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

The last six days, Wade and Ruth Stevenson have barely slept or eaten because they’ve been searching and worrying about Red.

Michael James of Lending a Helping Paw Dog Rescue has been helping the Stevensons find Red and, Tuesday afternoon using a large live trap Michael set up not far from the crash, Red was finally caught.

“I cried,” said Michael about the moment he could see that Red was secure. “It’s been an emotional experience and I got very close to the family.”

The Stevensons and Michael also said it could not have been done without the community’s prayers and support.

Red was taken to Wilson Veterinary Hospital where he was examined for possible injuries by Dr. Matthew M. Capitanio who also ordered some X-rays.

Red has a sprained leg, but it should heal up in a couple weeks, WXYZ reported.

And after leaving the vet, Red was taken to DogCuts in Utica where they gave him a complimentary, full service grooming.

Red now has all night to tell Hazel all about his very long adventure.

This article was written by Kimberly Craig for WXYZ.