​Homeless Man Facebook Dog: ‘Handover’ Returns To Owner

Staff Reporter
Aug. 5, 2014

A Florida homeless man was reunited with his stolen dog after some good-doer made a Facebook page and raise $1,000 reward for his safe return to his owner.

James Bryan of Hudson, who considered his blue pit bull named Handover to be his best friend, was devastated when he went missing.

The homeless man was given the dog, 5 years ago, by his wife, prior to her passing away from cancer. The dog, he said, was meant to keep him company after she no longer could.

One Morning Bryan awoke near U.S. route 19, and realized that his best friend was no where to be found.

“I fell to my knees and started crying like a baby,” Bryan recalled to MyFoxTampaBay. “Of course I’d been bawling for two weeks. Every morning, I’d get up, and he’s not here. It’s like losing one of your kids.”

Carolyn Texter, who knew Bryan and Handover from working with animal rescue, immediately created a Facebook page titled Help Find Handover. She was able to raise $1,000 reward from concerned donors.

“Handover is my best friend. He’s my heart and soul,” Bryan told ABC last week. “If anybody sees him, please bring him home.”

On Wednesday, Bryan got his wish when a couple brought Handover back to him. They had been caring for him since they found him walking the streets by himself.

Texter says the couple didn’t accept the reward. “They asked that it be used to help James and Handover,” the Facebook page reports.

Handover now has a microchip implanted, just in case he decides to wander away again.

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