Shy dog finds her way home

Laura Garcia By Laura Garcia

Jan. 2, 2018 at 9:36 p.m.
Updated Jan. 3, 2018 at 6 a.m.

Chris Branson, 45, is reunited with his Catahoula leopard mix, Shylloe. The dog befriended Dr. Yusuke Yahagi as the doctor was going for a run. Yahagi shared pictures of the dog on social media, asking for help to find the owner. Shylloe ran off from Branson's home in late November.

Chris Branson, 45, is reunited with his Catahoula leopard mix, Shylloe. The dog befriended Dr. Yusuke Yahagi as the doctor was going for a run. Yahagi shared pictures of the dog on social media, asking for help to find the owner. Shylloe ran off from Branson's home in late November.   Evan Lewis for The Victoria Advocate

A sweet dog found her way home after more than a month of being on the run.

The Catahoula leopard dog was found this week more than 10 miles away from her home in Nursery.

Dr. Yusuke Yahagi, chief of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at Citizens Medical Center, was out for a jog when he noticed he was being followed.

"It looked like she was lost," he said.

He saw a dog that was very friendly, wasn't wearing a collar and later found out she hadn't been microchipped.

He went door-to-door in the neighborhood near Cimmaron Drive, but no one recognized her.

"She is really well-mannered and well-behaved," he said.

They fed her and brought her inside from the cold.

He and his wife April Yahagi posted a photo of the dog on Facebook in an attempt to find her owners.

The post was shared almost 1,000 times by dog lovers.

Monday night, April Yahagi got a voicemail from a man who claimed her. He called the dog an "escape artist."

She compared photos he sent in with the dog's unique markings and eye colors and it was a perfect match.

Chris Branson, 45, said he hadn't seen the 1-year-old dog since Thanksgiving.

He had searched for more than a week near his 9-acre property, but she had left and returned home before.

"I figured she found some kids," he said.

Branson said he rescued her from an abusive home in July and named her Shylloe.

"When I first got her, you couldn't hardly look at her without her cowering," he said. "It took a lot of time to get that out of her."

On New Year's Day, Branson came across Shylloe on his newsfeed when a friend shared Yahagi's post.

He reunited with her Tuesday afternoon and asked her, "Where you been, huh?"

Her tail wagged and she sat on his foot.

Yusuke Yahagi said he was surprised that Shylloe had made her way all the way to his neighborhood.

He thanked Dr. John Beck's practice for boarding her overnight and the community for helping Shylloe find her way home.

"How she survived that, I don't know," Yahagi said. "Somebody was taking care of her."


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