Rambo The Yorkie Puppy is a patient little friend, after he was left at a rest stop for two days. A truck driver who stopped in Missouriwas unaware that his 9-month-old dog had jumped out of the vehicle.
Michael Siau had stopped at the Hannibal, MO. truck stop on Friday then drove all the way to Cedar Rapids, Iowa 170 miles to the north before he realized Rambo wasn’t in the rig.
“Didn’t even cross my mind that he might jump out. He never has before,” Siau said. “I jumped back in the truck, put it in gear and drove off. And I just thought he was in the back asleep.”
Siau had to make a decision to continue on with his load after finding his travel companion was gone, because if he turned around he would seriously jeopardize his delivery schedule that could cost him his job. Making the decision even harder was the fact that Siau’s previous dog, Ollie, who was Rambo’s father, was on a trip with him last October and was killed when he was ran over by another truck. Siau said he had to take 6 months off from work to get over it.
As he continued to drive he began racking his brain as to where Rambo could have been and figured he must be at the Missouri truck stop. He said he began calling authorities to check out the truck stop for him to see if the dog was still wandering around the area.
Animal control officer Tim Ledbetter was sent to the site on Sunday morning and found Rambo sitting at the truck stop patiently waiting. Ledbetter said he had just gotten there in time too, as a family traveling through was contemplating adopting the lost dog.
“In about 60 seconds, he would have been gone,” Ledbetter said.
Siau was re-united with Rambo on Tuesday when he was finally able to make back through Hannibal and took the time to thank the animal shelter for taking care of Rambo and Officer Ledbetter for picking him up, before he got back in his rig to make a delivery to Tennessee. Siau said from now on he will do a role call before leaving any area to make sure Rambo is onboard.