By Dan Walk
A Linesville-area English bulldog named Jackson took an innocent trot down the road recently. Little did Jackson know that he would encounter an adventure that lasted a few days and would send him across the Pennsylvania border to Ohio.
Jackson, an 11-year-old brown brindle English bulldog, was born in Minnesota and lived most of his life in Texas before coming to Pennsylvania recently, according to one of his owners, Linesville resident Cheryl Corey. On Jan. 19, he was going in and out of the house with Corey’s husband, who was working on the yard. Jackson, however, didn’t make his way back into the house and was suddenly walking down the road looking for his family.
“He’s a good old fellow,” said Corey, mentioning that Jackson is her son’s dog. A bulldog’s most outstanding trait is his stubbornness and this one is no exception. “At his age, he doesn’t see or hear so well anymore — and he certainly doesn’t listen.”
Corey wasn’t home when Jackson disappeared, but her husband gave her the impression that Jackson was stolen. A neighbor saw someone pick Jackson up before driving off.
“They weren’t stealing him. They were trying to save him,” Corey said in retrospect.
She placed fliers throughout town and told friends to keep a lookout for Jackson. Corey also called Pennsylvania State Police at Meadville, and their report ultimately led to a writeup in the Tribune.
Corey was hopeful Jackson’s disappearance wasn’t malicious.
“We’re hoping it was somebody just trying to be helpful,” Corey said in the writeup, which ran in the Tribune on Jan. 20.
Corey then received word of a classified advertisement in the newspaper and called Richean Green, who was driving past Corey’s house on Beaver Center Road when she saw Jackson appearing bewildered as he walked down the road. Green was afraid someone dropped the dog off and left him to die.
“It was like a little old man,” Green said. “He barely could keep up and couldn’t go very fast. ... I said we have to find his mom and dad. I’m not leaving it here; it’s cold.”
Green asked a few residents if the dog was theirs. Without any positive identification of Jackson’s owner, Green took him back to her Conneaut, Ohio, home and quickly called in the classified notice. In the meantime, Green kept Jackson outside in a barn and gave him a heated blanket to sleep on.
With the whiteout conditions on Jan. 22, it took Corey 45 minutes to drive to Green’s house. Corey was appreciative of Green’s help and even happier to bring Jackson back home.
“I was really worried about him,” Corey said. “It was great to get him back.”
Green was relieved Jackson returned to his family safe and sound.
“I’m glad he’s back,” Green said. “I was worried sick thinking someone might take an old dog for a ride. ... I was just grateful that he found his grandma.”
As for Jackson, he received a stern warning about walking too far away from the house in the future. Corey’s hope is that Jackson will think twice before going on another adventure.
“I know he kind of wanders,” Corey said. “I’ve had words with him. ‘Stay off the road’ is the first thing I’ve told him.
“He still doesn’t go very far from the back door now.”
Dan Walk can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at email@example.com.