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Family dog survives fatal wreck, nine days in wild

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YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. -- A Yadkin County family will be forever linked to a community 1,500 miles away after they helped find their father's beloved dog.

Ladybug belonged to Bobby Allgood, 74. Bobby lived in Yadkin County before moving to Montana to retire.

On Feb. 6, about six hours from home, Bobby died in a wreck after his car hit black ice near Kadoka, South Dakota.

Bobby's son, Lester, found out through a phone call.

"Funeral home--Rush Funeral Home in South Dakota. That one took me to my knees," Lester said.

But Lester also found out Ladybug survived the wreck. As Lester was dealing with his father's loss, he said he knew he had to get Ladybug back.

But there was one major problem.

"When the highway patrol got there--when they tried to attend to (Bobby)--she ran off through the fields," Lester said.

So Lester called the local newspaper, the Rapid City Journal, and to his surprise, the whole community started searching.

"It was just shocking that that many people would take concern," Lester said.

Ladybug was found once but got away. Lester said she can be really skittish.

But on Valentine's Day, after nine days of surviving alone in the cold, a woman and her son finally caught her.

"Actually she and her son went out and found Ladybug, chasing her for 2 1/2 hours," Lester said. "I felt God working in it. The old saying, 'God controls everything'--I really have felt that."

On Saturday, Lester, his brothers and his nephew will start a 22-hour drive. They'll spend about two weeks settling Bobby's estate and bringing Ladybug back to her original home in Yadkin County.

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