UPDATE: Missing dog shows up days after owner hit by vehicle
NEW HAMPTON (KWWL) -
Family members say Sherman returned home after nearly a week away.
The Wheelock family says the dog walked into Justin Wheelock's home early Wednesday, came in his room and woke him up.
The family believes someone may have been caring for the dog, because his leash was missing and he appeared to be well fed.
A northeast Iowa family is looking for their Jack Russell terrier after he ran off last week.
Sherman is 5 years old and apparently on the move thanks to some unusual circumstances.
Tuesday started out a normal day for Justin Wheelock. He walked Sherman right after dinner -- but the walk didn't last one block.
"I was going across the corner and out of nowhere a car just came across and hit me and the dog got loose and I was thrown over the car and taken by ambulance to the New Hampton hospital," said Wheelock.
That's right: Sherman ran away - leash and all -- near the corner of Court Street and Maple Avenue.
While Wheelock was being treated, Sherman was on the lam.
Family members think Sherman might be headed towards Decorah. That's where he lives with Wheelock's parents when the weather is warmer.
"He lived in the country so maybe he did wander out that way, and we've all seen that movie 'Homeward Bound' when we were kids, so there's that little bit of hope that maybe he's going home," said Wheelock's daughter, Emily.
Meantime, Justin Wheelock is still sore from his injuries -- he'll get another X-ray on his shoulder -- while the search continues for Sherman.
"He's got his tags on, his leash is still dragging, he would be pretty easy to spot," said Wheelock.
The Wheelocks have put up Sherman's picture on social media and on flyers posted from New Hampton to Decorah, and have gotten help from the Chickasaw County S.N.A.P. Program and the Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office.
If you think you've seen Sherman, give them a call, or you can contact the Wheelocks directly at 641-229-5871.