When Bennett Muasau got home from dropping off his wife at work Monday morning, a sinking feeling set in as he realized one of his two dogs was nowhere to be seen.
“They’re part of our family,” Muasau, 48, said. “They’re just like other kids.”
He searched the neighborhood for the 4-year-old Chihuahua mix named Brownie. Eventually, he left for work but his 19-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son kept looking with the family’s other dog, a 7-year-old border collie named Cutie, to see if she could smell out her companion.
Muasau posted several pictures of Brownie to his Facebook page and even slept outside on the front porch Monday night hoping the pooch would return.
“It’s kind of weird, but that’s the way I am,” Muasau said. “My dog’s out there and I don’t know where he’s at … I was afraid that he might get run over by a car.”
It wasn’t until Tuesday morning that he learned what happened to Brownie: The small dog had traveled about five blocks north and somehow gotten onto the roof of a nearby house. The homeowner, Barry Klettke, reported the incident and a Clark County Animal Control officer responded and brought the dog to the Humane Society of Southwest Washington. The story of the rescue was first reported by The Columbian and then picked up by other media outlets, including ABC News.