Man loses dog after car crash, reunited 20 days later
WATSON - Best friends are back together after getting separated in a car accident.
September 10th, Larry Bennett, 75, crashed his car on Highway 60 in Watson. Bennett suffered a broken neck, but his dog, Pierre, who was also in the car, ran away when rescuers freed the two from the car.
"As soon as his feet touched the ground, he took off running," Bennett said. "I called him but he wouldn't even stop."
Pierre, a toy poodle, ran into the woods and didn't come out.
"He was already feeling bad because he felt like it was his fault, and it kept going on that Pierre never showed up," Bennett's daughter Erin Bennett said.
Even with the help of strangers in Watson, Pierre spent 20 days in the wild.
"He's never spent a night outside," Larry Bennett said.
Bennett would leave his clothes in the spot where he last saw Pierre to hopefully lure him out of the woods.
Monday, the plan worked. Larry Bennett was sitting in a chair near the woods and Pierre came out.
"We are just going to sleep in and hug up in that bed," Larry Bennett said.
"He's already doing better. He'll be able to rest easier. He'll heal better. He'll take care of himself better and he'll do better all the way around," Erin Bennett said.