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Ranch dog, missing for a year, comes home

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” They assumed the coyotes got him.

Rowdy, their dog of 18 years, was gone. Then 11 months later with the turning of a newspaper page ” boom ” there he was, looking sweet in a large color photo on page three of an insert called “Animals Ink.”

Almost a year ago, Wes and Debra Gore came back to their Rulison home at the end of the day and found Rowdy missing. In 18 years, the ranching dog had run away just one other time, Wes Gore said.

Garfield County Animal Control picked up the untagged dog in or near Rulison and brought him to the Colorado Animal Rescue ( shelter in Glenwood Springs. The Gores called around Rifle, but didn’t think to call the shelter, Garfield County Animal Control or Glenwood Springs. Shelter supervisor Maggie Niehoff took a liking to Rowdy and eventually took him home because no one seemed to know who he belonged to.

“It was like, ‘Well, how in the heck did he get up there?'” Wes said.

Debra didn’t tell Wes she’d found Rowdy and surprised him.

“She came home and came up the stairs with him and I just about fell over,” Wes said. “I look at him every day and I’m like, ‘You old devil!'”

When she came to pick up Rowdy, Debra was “extremely grateful” and cried and hugged Niehoff.

“She was in tears,” Wes said.

“It was very emotional for both of us,” Niehoff said. “It’s hard letting go.”

Niehoff said she couldn’t help but take him in after seeing him in the shelter. She liked his eccentric personality ” how he didn’t necessarily like everybody ” and the fact that he was old but still amped up for walks.

But shelter workers, who dubbed him Giles, is glad Rowdy has been reunited with his owners. “It’s great,” director Leslie Rockey said. “He’s been in the paper so many times but it was just that big ad in Animals Ink that did it.”

The Gores plan to make sure Rowdy wears a collar.

“He’s got a brand new collar, and I’m making him a name tag,” Wes said.

Rowdy’s lived quite a life, Wes said.

“He’s always been a working dog, too,” Wes said.

Rowdy’s run cows and trailed Wes up mountains when he used to work in the outfitting business. He also chases bears.

“He’ll run ’em up a tree,” Wes said. “He’s not afraid of anything. He’s a tough old dog.”

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