SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Shaw airman Cheyenne Paluczak can't believe her dog is missing, especially after the 7,000+ mile journey the two made just weeks ago.
The 5-year-old Shiba Inu Collie mix named Crash disappeared from a neighborhood a couple of miles from the air force base on Friday during the region's strong thunderstorms.
Cheyenne had left the Crash in her new home while she was at work that day. It was the first day she tried out a new dog door at the house.
Around 3 o'clock, Crash was able to make his way into the backyard and then jump a shorter section of fence during the storm.
A neighbor, whom Cheyenne hadn't met yet, later said her husband saw Crash running loose in the neighborhood and tried to secure the dog in their fenced backyard. Crash was able to escape from that yard as well.
Since Friday evening, Cheyenne has been passing out flyers and desperately searching the area near Barnwell Drive, South Carolina 261 and U.S. 378. One neighbor said she thought she saw Crash running free, but so far nobody has been able to bring the dog home.
"Home," however, isn't a very familiar place to Crash. He has lived most of his life in Japan.
That's where Cheyenne rescued him from a military family who didn't have the means to take the dog back to the United States with them.
According to Cheyenne, Crash has "abandonment" issues. That's why when it came time for Cheyenne to move back to Shaw, she just couldn't leave Crash behind.
So, in July, the F-16 aircraft maintainer spent approximately $1,500 to fly him the 7,874 miles from Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa to South Carolina. During one of the layovers, she and Crash got separated and he had to spend the night in a kennel in Chicago. During that stay, he apparently injured himself while in a cage. Those injuries cost her another $1,200.
Crash wears a black harness with a rabies tag that says "Kadena Air Force Base" on it. Included on the tag is a phone number that is no longer current. He is also microchipped.
He answers to the name "Crash" or "Puppy." Despite the fact that he is five, Cheyenne says he looks a lot younger than that. He looks like a fox with orangish-red fur, erect ears and a very fuzzy tail.
Since the September 12 escape, Cheyenne has noticed scratch marks on the outside of her fence likely indicating Crash has been trying to get back home.
If you see Crash, Cheyenne really hopes that you'll give her a call at 484-793-1193. You can also email her at email@example.com.
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