When fireworks startled Mary Lynn Whitacre and Ryan Washick’s rescue dog Rajah, her instincts kicked in. Just moments earlier, Rajah had been happily playing in her yard with the family’s other dog, Ollie. When neighbors began setting off fireworks, Rajah’s sole focus was finding safety. The terrified pup hopped the fence and bolted from her home, unaware that fleeing wouldn’t make the scary sounds disappear.
In a panic, Mary Lynn posted on Facebook and contacted animal services with the hope that someone would spot Rajah. Ryan and Mary Lynn drove around for hours, slowly and carefully surveying neighborhood streets for any sign of their beloved pup.
“I kept hoping I wouldn’t find her on the side of the road,” Ryan told The State.
After hours of searching, the heartbroken pair returned home. They waited up for a call, an email, any indication that Rajah was safe. At 3 AM, eight hours after Rajah fled, Mary Lynn and Ryan heard something strange outside of their home. At first, they heard what sounded like scratching at their front door. Then, piercing the heavy darkness, the unmistakable sound of their Ring doorbell.
Thanks to the Ring doorbell’s camera feature, Rajah’s return was captured on video. A neighbor didn’t return the previously terrified pup, nor did a kind stranger who read the address on her tag. As soon as she felt it was safe, Rajah returned home on her own. She rang the doorbell herself, waiting patiently for her humans to let her inside.
“She was just sitting there,” Ryan recalled.
Rajah was dirty and exhausted, but otherwise unharmed. After a long and stressful night, both Rajah and her humans were overjoyed to be reunited. Ryan plans to add on to their backyard fence, making it high enough to keep the agile pup from escaping. Even though Rajah’s adventure had a happy ending, it’s hopefully her last.