Pizza shop workers return Crestview newcomers’ wayward dogs

dogs escape

Their house may lack furniture, but it feels more like home now that Courtney and Aaron Huffstutler have reunited with Belle and Buster, their dogs who escaped soon after they moved to Crestview.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM.

CRESTVIEW — When Buster and Belle come home, they usually bound from the car to the front door. However, unfamiliar with their new home in northeast Crestview, Courtney and Aaron Huffstutler’s pooches bolted into the woods after a day outing.

Giving more meaning to “home delivery,” a pair of nearby Papa John’s Pizza employees helped reunite the dogs with their anxious owners Thursday morning.

“We took them to the beach Sunday and we pulled back up to the house,” said Aaron Huffstutler, who last week moved to Crestview from Gadsden, Ala., with his spouse, Courtney. “For ten years, they usually run straight to the house. I opened the car door and, this time, they bolted straight to the woods.”

“We’ve only been here a week,” Aaron said. “We didn’t know what to do. We didn’t know anybody.”

After three days, Buster, a Staffordshire and Labrador mix, and Belle — “she’s kind of a mutt,” Aaron said — were found late Wednesday night by Miranda Garnett and her boss, Scott Winstead.

“She found them all the way over on Airport (Road),” Courtney Huffstutler said. “She knew she better pick them up because that’s a dangerous road.”

“Miranda was on her way to work and I had just got off my shift,” Winstead said. “I helped her get them into the car. Buster was huge! We drove around trying to find someone who lost the dogs. Miranda felt bad enough for them and she wanted to do the right thing. I had just lost my dog recently so I know how they (the Huffstutlers) must feel.”

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