HAMPTON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Pittsburgh has come through for a soldier named Connor Green serving in Afghanistan. His dog, Jack, is back home, and getting a bit of pampering after going missing for three days.
“When my mom cried his name and saw him for the first time – that was just incredible,” says Connor’s sister, Beth.
KDKA’s Mary Robb Jackson opened an email from Connor on Thursday morning.
It reads: “Ma’am, my name is Connor Green. You recently did an article on my missing dog, Jack. You interviewed my mother, Cindy Green.
“I cannot thank all the people of Pittsburgh that assisted in helping my family find Jack. I cannot thank you enough. It makes me proud to be from Pittsburgh.”
The Army private also sent KDKA a picture of himself standing atop a mountain in Afghanistan holding his Terrible Towel.
Finding Jack was answered prayers.
“We were so relieved when we saw him,” said Beth. “I don’t know whether our reaction was to give him a little spank or just hug him.”
Connor first learned that Jack was missing from seeing our story on the Internet, and called his girlfriend Leah Triulzi at 4:30 this morning.
“And he was like, ‘So, did you find him? What happened?” she said.
What happened began last Sunday. One of Connor’s brothers took Jack along to visit a friend in Shaler Township. A door was mistakenly left open, and Jack, a 6-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog took off.
After Connor’s mom, a nurse anesthetist, put out an SOS on KDKA the tips started pouring in.
“It had 1,200 shares in the first two hours it was posted,” says Leah.
Jack was found in some woods, about a mile-and-a-half from the intersection at Anderson and Vilsack in Shaler where he’d been last seen.
At 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, following Jack’s paw prints in the mud, there was a family reunion.
Jack was tired from his adventure. So, he got home he went straight to Connor’s room and slept at the foot of his bed all night.