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Family finds beloved pooch after tornado

Cheryl Browne

By Cheryl Browne, Barrie Examiner

BARRIE, Ont. -- It was a happy day for Fonzie.

Master Seaman Roxanne Cronk's dog, lost in last week's southern Ontario tornado, has returned home.

The nine-year-old greyhound took off running out the front door of their home when an EF2 tornado blew through Angus last Tuesday evening, taking most of the second floor of their home with it.

"The door burst open and he ran by us out the front door," Wood said Monday afternoon.

Cronk and her partner, Master Cpl. James Wood, have been staying at a CFB Borden emergency housing unit provided to the young couple after the twister hopscotched down their street and wreaked havoc on more than 100 homes in their neighbourhood.

Cronk adopted Fonzie, a retired racing dog, five years ago.

Cronk and Wood said hundreds of people helped them search for Fonzie. On Sunday, desperate and crying on the phone to Woods, Cronk spotted the missing hound.

"He looked like the Littlest Hobo," Cronk said of the 1980s TV show of a dog who travelled alone from town to town.

"I yelled 'Fonzie stop!' and he finally slowed down. I said, 'Come on, Fonzie,' and he turned and put his head down, but his tail was wagging and he came back to me," she said. "I just hugged him, crying, and I think I've been blubbering with relief ever since."

A quick check by a veterinarian found that he'd lost about three pounds and had a stiff leg but was otherwise in good condition considering he'd spent five days alone in the woods a few kilometres from home.

cheryl.browne@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @cherylbrowne1

 


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