DULLES, Va. (CBSDC) - A Germantown family is desperately searching for a dog they rescued from Egypt after he escaped from his cage upon landing at Dulles Airport on Wednesday.
David Scott says he had been planning Ralph’s – or Ralphie, as he’s casually called – arrival for months, ever since his wife met the stray while vacationing with family friends in Egypt over Spring Break.
She befriended him over the duration of her trip. But after learning many strays in the town where she was staying are poisoned by unfriendly residents, she knew she had to rescue him.
The couple attempted flying the German Sheppard/Labrador mix over months before, but when the airline tried charging them an additional hotel fee for the dog because of a layover, they decided to hold off his emigration to the U.S. until the next time their friends came to visit.
Fast forward to months later, just after an arduous 18-hour crate-bound flight for the pooch, and David decided to let his furry friend stretch his legs before putting him into the car to bring him to his new home.
As soon as he opened the gate to let him out, Ralphie was startled by the sound of a jet engine taking off and bolted for the parking lot.
In the blink of an eye, the family went from eagerly anticipating Ralphie’s arrival to being forced to rescue him all over again.
Scott said he searched the parking lot for hours on both Wednesday and Thursday, but to no avail.
The airport authority hasn’t seen the dog anywhere on the grounds since he’s gone missing.
After fighting for months to save Ralphie from the mean streets of Egypt, the Scott family now has to fight to save him from the unknown terrain of a new country.
They’re asking for your help. If you’ve seen Ralph or have information on his whereabouts you are asked to call David Scott at (240) 388-0822.
Below is Ralph’s Missing Dog flyer. Feel free to spread through social media.