Angels Among Us

Neiko’s Christmas Miracle, 4 Days Late

The men behind Raising Men Lawn Care have won the hearts of millions with their dedication to helping single mothers, the elderly and those with disabilities keep their yard mowed, all while teaching boys what it means to have a strong work ethic.  Not only that, they regularly head out to check on Huntsville’s homeless population, bringing them Christmas gifts throughout the past month.

But, things turned dark when two of the men, Terrance and Eric, were in a car crash on December 21 and lost their dog, Neiko, after another car ran over him.

Or so they thought.

On Wednesday, another animal-loving, Raising-Men-Lawn-Care fan saw a dog on another Facebook page that looked too much like Neiko. And, this dog was found the day after the crash in the same area. She contacted the owners of Raising Men, and what followed was nothing short of a late Christmas miracle.

Here’s what really happened after the accident:

Neiko got scared and jumped out of the truck after the crash. A passerby admitted to hitting the small dog with her car, but the men could never find the body. The next day, a large dog named Hannibal came on home with a small puppy in tow. Hannibal’s owners later said that the area has a lot of coyotes, so things probably wouldn’t have turned out so happy if Hannibal hadn’t rescued Neiko by bringing him home with him. Hannibal’s family looked for the dog’s owners but were unsuccessful—until Miranda Murphy saw the dog on two different Facebook pages and put the pieces together.

Sure enough, Hannibal’s new friend was Neiko.

Neiko was reunited with his owners, and everyone is happy to announce he is healthy.

“They’re the heroes; I just logged on Facebook,” Miranda said.

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About the author

Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She’s learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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