Local UPS driver saves lost dog during busy week of delivering holiday packages

A local UPS driver went out of his way to deliver more than just a present for a customer who lost her dog.

UPS driver Darrell Slack said coming off of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this is their busiest week by far, but he just had to circle back to deliver this present.

"By far the best package I've ever received," Neighbor Paula Odom said.

Boxes and boxes, and a box of dog treats. Darrell Slack, a UPS driver for 29 years, said they're usually used to befriend the neighborhood dogs while he's delivering packages.

"You have some that initially don't want to warm up to you, but after you feed them for a week or so, they're running to the truck, they're glad to see you," Slack said.

On Monday, he was following his route when he was asked for help, to look for a dog.

"She explained to me his name was Pete, and he had a red harness on, and I was trying to reassure her we'll find him, it's okay," Slack said.

Pete had escaped from the porch and he's a runner.

"I was absolutely in tears and just thought I'd never see him again," Odom said.

Darrell said he decided to take an additional route.

"I just so happened I caught a glimpse of him in my peripheral vision," Slack said.

Darrell used those dog treats.

"I had the treat in one hand and when he got close enough I was able to get a hold of his harness," Slack said.

With a new companion, Slack finished his deliveries and swung back by the Odom home.

"Here he comes with Pete in his arms," Odom said.

Odom said Darrell is a special man and thanks him for bringing back her special dog.

"He means joy, a lot of fun, and he is the love of my life," Odom said.

Darrell said he knows what it's like to have a lost dog and he's happy the Odoms don't have to go through the holidays worrying.

"I just feel like I'm part of the community, I was just able to help out a friend or neighbor," Slack said.

UPS is proud of Slack and how he was able to help one neighbor in need and knows he'll be there for others.