- Timothy Reels, 62, from Spadra, Arkansas, was reported missing on February 27, but he was last seen on February 21.
- When his body was sadly discovered on February 28, his dog BoBo was by his side.
- The loyal dog, who stayed by his side the whole time, is now living with his late owner’s son.
A loyal dog was spotted keeping his late owner company, about a week after he was reported missing.
According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas, a 911 call at around 4:30 a.m. on February 27 alerted them of a disappearance. Timothy Reels, 62, from Spadra, was last seen on Monday, February 21.
Investigators who searched Timothy’s property found his cellphone and truck, but noted that a Honda 4-wheeler vehicle and his brown male pit bull were missing.
Hartman Fire, JC Search & Rescue, JC Dive Team, and Arkansas Game & Fish all helped in the ground search for Timothy and his dog. Drones, ATVs, K9s, and boats were deployed.
Timothy’s 4-wheeler vehicle was found abandoned near the Spadra Bottoms at around 9:30 a.m. on February 28. Sadly, his body was found about a ¼ mile from his vehicle.
His pit bull, named BoBo or Mr. Dog, was still alive. The loyal dog had been keeping his late owner company all this time.
The search team tried their best to keep Bobo warm and took him to the local veterinarian for further examination.
The sheriff’s office said that the investigation is still ongoing and that the coroner’s office is yet to determine the time and cause of death. “No foul play is suspected at this time,” they stated.
Timothy is survived by his sons, Robert Reel and Jesse Reel; his brother, Gregory Reel; his sister, Lori Patterson; and his 2 grandchildren.
Several locals, who remembered Timothy as a good man, expressed their condolences and extended their prayers. They also praised the sweet dog for his loyalty, and thanked the authorities and responders for helping the pup.
BoBo is now living with the family of his owner’s son, Robert Reel.
BoBo has been called a hero for staying by his owner’s side.
His actions reminded others of similar stories of man’s best friend staying by his human after they passed on.
In 2019, a dog was spotted by a roadside shrine in Greece, which was built in memory of his owner, who was killed a year and a half earlier.
The most famous story was that of Japan’s Hachiko, a purebred Akita who would walk every day to Shibuya Station to wait for his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor at Tokyo University. When Ueno passed away in 1925 due to a cerebral hemorrhage, Hachiko continued his routine of going to the station to wait for his human, until he crossed the Rainbow Bridge about nine years later.