Delegate, County Executive rescue stranded dog

State Delegate Chris Adams, left, and Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver rescued a dog trapped under a bridge.

When Nam J. Park was reunited with her little poodle Rhuree, who had run away during a loud storm Saturday night, she took the dog in her arms and cried.

The 12-year-old pet was a gift from her grandchildren, so she wouldn’t be lonely when they left for college.

“She has a lot of meaning to my mother,” Park’s son, Kap Park, said at mid-week, as he recalled how Rhuree sprinted away when she was let outside, greatly upsetting his mother.

But Sunday afternoon, as state Delegate Chris Adams was riding his bicycle past the West Side Fire Department, he heard barking and yelping from under a little bridge.

“I called (Wicomico County Executive) Bobby (Culver) because I needed to know whether or not somebody from the fire department or Humane Society was going to be available. I called my wife, Jill, and my son, Matt. They brought a small kennel and they brought clothes. They got down there and the dog was clinging to a piece of wood under the bridge. She was very scared,” Adams said.

“Her hind legs were able somewhat to touch the muddy bottom. She had been holding onto a piece of wood, I could tell. It was just barking when as I was riding by. Anybody in a car wouldn’t have heard it.

“I was trying to figure out where the sound was coming from. I really couldn’t see. You had to lay on your stomach and look under there,” Adams said.

Culver drove from his Whitehaven home to help.

“I realized if I had a paddleboat or some other boat I could have gotten underneath there. Chris’ son Matt was getting a change of clothes to get down under the bridge and he was able to reach the dog’s front paws. From Matt’s mother it went to me. Chris was taking a couple pictures for his son,” Culver said.

“I was the first one to have the dog. I had a towel wrapped around it. Its hair was so matted, but it looked like a miniature toy poodle. It had asphalt stuck to its fur.

“Oh, she was scared. Chris talking to the puppy. He said, ‘I’ll be right here. I’ll be right here.’ That is so sweet. He said, ‘Don’t worry, little fellow. We’re right here.’ The dog stopped barking for a little bit,” Culver said.

Luckily, the dog was wearing a collar that had a tag with the owner’s name and telephone number engraved.

Rhuree’s family lives on Jesterville Road, so the dog managed to travel about three miles, Culver said.

Everybody met at the fire department and Rhuree, still snug in a towel, was returned to her owner.

“Her back was in a curvature and she couldn’t stand up at first. We set her down on the street and she walked a little bit,” Culver recalled.

“It was rewarding to see dog reunited with its owners. That meant a lot,” he said, joking about not expecting a photo session while he was dressed in jeans and a T-shirt.

“I was hanging out in my barn when Chris called me. I would have done the same thing even if there were no cameras,” he said.

A dog lover who has had golden retrievers that rode on the combine with him at his farm, Culver kissed little Rhuree on the forehead and told her everything was going to be fine.

“It was a happy story but I don’t know how that little dog held on,” Culver said about Rhuree, whose name means white and pure in the family’s native Korean.

“My mother was upset. She thought maybe a bigger animal would attack the little dog and kill it, a fox or a raccoon,” Park said.

Once safely at home, Park’s mother and wife bathed Rhuree and trimmed her hair.

“She was OK. She moved slowly but each day she is getting better. She’s doing fine eating and drinking,” Park said.

“I’m glad we have a neighbor like them who helped us,” he said about Adams and Culver.

“At the election this year, they have my vote. Definitely. Yeah, two votes. Me and my wife.”

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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