In search of a missing best friend

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

MINEOLA, TX (KLTV) - They're called man's best friend for good reason, but for a Mineola man, a special dog named Bubba provided so much more; a second chance at life.

You can't call Bubba bashful. When Larry Morrow first locked eyes with the white Boxer he knew it was something special.

"He ran for me and I ran for him," says owner Morrow, "I just knew he was the right puppy dog."

The pet was a welcome addition to Larry's life, which was forever changed after a car accident left him with unexpected seizures.

As Bubba grew, he grew on his owner. Two years ago they grew even closer.

"I was having a seizure and he came and jumped in bed with me," says Morrow. "Bubba knows when I'm going to have a seizure about 15 minutes before I do. He'll come get me by the hand - usually my left hand - and he'll walk me into my bedroom holding my hand in his mouth, and when I lay down he will jump in bed and I know it's [seizure] coming then."

Those instincts kept Larry safe from seizures for two years.

Then, Larry came home one day and Bubba was gone.

It's been three weeks since Larry last saw Bubba, but sightings have given hope. A woman claimed to see Bubba walking down this street four days ago, trying to find his way back home.

"It's really, really hard," said Morrow. "I can't sleep. I've had seizures since he left. I just spend all my time trying to look for him."

There has been little feedback from the few signs posted throughout town.

At home, Bubba's doghouse sits empty, with his owner waiting for his best friend to come back home.

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