You just won't believe how this story unfolded. First of all, meet Dallas residents Alyssa Sanderford (above) and Angela Ream (below.)Â They were strangers until a few days ago.
Ream, who is expecting, went on an errand to her nearby Trader Joe's on Nov. 15, with Wiley, her 6-year-old chocolate lab. TJ's was just five blocks away, and this was just a quick milk run. Here's the rather mellow Wiley.
And here's the spot where Wiley was leashed while Ream ran inside.
When she came out, Wiley was gone, and Ream was distraught. So she took to social media, posting a story about her lost dog.
That's where our hero, Sanderford, comes in. "I'm going down the street and I see the brown lab with the bright orange collar," she told Fox 4 News in Dallas. "That's the dog I was just looking at." It turns out she had seen the Facebook post!
The man who had Wiley was standing at a bus stop, and the determined Sanderford, who stands just 5 feet 3 inches tall, parked her Jeep and marched right up to him.
âI probably didn't do the smartest thing. I just walked up to him and said, 'That dog's stolen. You need to give it back,'" Sanderford told theÂ Dallas Observer.Â He was like, âI don't know what you're talking about.' I said, âYou took that dog last night at Trader Joe's. Give me the leash.'"
The dog thief then took off with Wiley. But Sanderford didn't give up.
She ended up chasing him for some 35 minutesâwhile barefoot!Â She trains for triathalons, so she was in shape for it. Ream said on Fox 4 News that Sanderford called her in mid-chase, breathless and said,Â "Angela, you don't know me, but I've seen your dog, I'm chasing after her!"
Ssanderford even got a ride from a couple in an SUV for part of the chase! She was also aided by workers from a Goodwill donation site, who caught up with the man. Police then made the arrest, but Ream said she is not pressing charges.
There are Wiley and Reamâback together again.
As you might expect, Ream and Sanderford are now friends. And, Ream isn't holding a grudge against the man who took Wiley.
"To be honest, I am kind of praying for that guy. I don't know his motives," she told the Observer. "If he's just lonely and wanted a companion, I hope he finds one, his own. If he really needed money that badly, you have to be really desperate to steal a dog.â
Here's more on the story from Fox 4 News in Dallas.