We love a happy reunion. Don’t you?

Max is reunited with his family.
Max is reunited with his family.
Max is reunited with his family.


Oh, we do love a story about a dog reuniting with his family.

On December 2, 2020, the Carmichael family stopped at a rest area along I-84 in the Columbia River Gorge for a much-needed break. As the humans poured themselves out of their vehicle, their two-year-old German Shepherd, Max, decided he’d also had enough of the car and bolted, running out onto the freeway. He was sideswiped before running into the bush.

Afraid they’d lost him, the Carmichaels searched near the freeway and the river over several days; even the Oregon State Police got involved. But they had no luck finding their dog.

Then, on the 21st, three ODOT maintenance workers found Max in the canal near the rest area from which he’d originally ran. A Wasco County Sheriff’s Deputy sprang into action and caught Max, taking him to the Columbia Veterinary Hospital in The Dalles for treatment and a bath. OSP was so pleased to call the Carmichaels and tell them Max was alive and well.

With all of his rescuers present, Max was reunited with some very happy Carmichaels.

I’m not crying; you’re crying.

A special New Year’s (or holiday) thank you to all who helped get Max back with his family.