EVERGREEN, Colo. — A dog missing from Evergreen since July was found alive and well in Arvada thanks to efforts from people across the country.
Rue is a 5-year-old male Catahoula Cur and the unofficial mascot of the Tributary at 244 restaurant. Rue was last seen July 5 and owner Matt Vogler said on Facebook that he believed the dog was stolen.
Vogler offered a $5,000 reward for Rue’s return — no questions asked. Vogler described the dog as a “very important member of our fur family.”
More than two months later, a woman from Wisconsin posted a photo on the “Bring Rue Home!” Facebook page with the caption, “Is this Rue?” The photo showed a dog that had been found in Arvada.
Victora McClurg was a member of the Facebook group and another lost and found page.
The response from people who had been following the search for Rue was amazing. The post quickly got more than 150 comments.
“This has been the longest hour ever!!!! I’m laying in bed with my dogs, just waiting for updates!” Devon Sheils commented.
It’s not clear how Rue ended up in Arvada, wearing a collar and tag with the name “Dexter.” But one thing is certain — Vogler is ecstatic to have Rue back home.
People in the community were pretty excited about Rue’s return, as well.
“Miracles do happen, thanks to the love and unending energy to bring Rue home! Thanks to everyone. God Bless!” Diane Rohr wrote on Facebook.
Vogler posted a flier saying a “strange man came in the back of the business after business hours and took him.” The man was wearing a Broncos jersey, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page.