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Man’s best friend returns home after crash


MOORE, Okla. — In a reunion days in the making, Matt Ruder finally holds his dog, Ghost, in his arms after the pair suffered a painful motorcycle crash together. 

Ghost was missing for two days after the wreck.

It was a nightmare for Ruder who said he always took Ghost on rides and even made him a special seat.

“He loved it,” Ruder said.

However, this time something went wrong.

Ruder said a driver came into his lane on Interstate 35 at 19th St. in Moore and hit his bike. 

The pair went down and Ghost ran.

“I looked at my dog and he was looking back at me sliding on all fours,” Ruder said. “Watching him sliding through the road like that, it broke my heart.”

Ruder was taken to the hospital but he said all he could think about was Ghost.

“I went to the hospital and he was like, ‘No, go find Ghost,'” Ruder’s girlfriend, Cheryl Raines, said. 

People in the area where Ghost vanished did their part.

Flyers were posted in business windows with Ghost’s picture and a number to call if found. 

Ruder said a worker with the Moore Animal Shelter found Ghost walking down 24th St. not far from where the wreck happened.

Both survivors have road rash; Ghost even lost a toe.

While Ruder said he’ll get back on his bike, Ghost will stay home.

Ruder is just glad to have the other member of his pack back.