When Deputy Dusty Crenshaw of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a call on Dec. 2 about a dog running loose on I-20 in Bossier City, he immediately decided to bring it to safety.

“I’m a dog lover like most people,” Crenshaw, a school resource officer at Airline High School.  “That’s man’s best friend, so I was going to do what I had to do to find her if I was able to.  I found her and got her out of traffic.”

Well, it turns out that the Crenshaw not only brought this dog to safety, but he also gets to bring her home.

After rescuing the dog that Monday morning, he searched for an owner in the area.  But to no avail.  So he had to bring the dog to Bossier City Animal Control.  He told them that if no one claimed the dog after the required three days of waiting that he would like for them to call him, because he wanted to adopt the dog.

Dusty never received that phone call.

His wife, Mona, had set up a scheme to have animal control contact her first if no one claimed the dog because she wanted to surprise her husband.

“He called me and told me about the dog and showed me pictures, and I thought, ‘We just have to have her,’” Mona said.

The phone call from animal control came around noon Tuesday, Dec. 3, and she did everything she could to keep it a secret from her husband.  She contacted him to tell him that the owner had come forward and asked if he would come to the Bossier City Animal Control to meet the owner and say ‘goodbye’ to the dog he had rescued.  That news got Dusty a bit emotional.

“He was so upset when he thought someone had claimed the dog,” Mona.  “It took everything I had not to come clean.  I think we pulled it off.”

Dusty showed up at animal control around 3:40 on Tuesday afternoon.  He walked in a saw a few video cameras from the local media and was a bit surprised.  But the biggest surprise was when Mona came out with the dog, shared a few moments with Dusty, and said, “We’re the new owners.”

Dusty, a man of few words, simply said, “I was very surprised.  They got me.”

Just before she and Dusty left with their new canine companion, she said, “It’s going to be a happy family. We’re very, very excited. We’re going to give her a very good home,” Mona said.

It was at home that night that they decided to name their new family member, “Mia.”

Young Mia is a terrier mix, possibly some pit bull in her.  She was found roaming near a busy interstate with traffic quickly driving by.  A week later, she has a new home with the Crenshaw’s, where she’ll join their other furry friends and children.

Bossier City Animal Control at 3217 Old Shed Road in Bossier City has other dogs in their shelter looking for loving homes.  They adopt between 40 and 50 dogs per month to loving families…you could be next.

Story and photos by Lt. Bill Davis, Bossier Sheriff’s Office