Readers of this column have described me several times, as "the person who really likes living in Cornelius."
After what happened last week, I would not want to live anywhere else.
One of our many pets is 12-year-old William, a yellow Labrador retriever. He was a birthday present to me from my husband and sons.
Labs are very clever. We have to keep changing the gate lock because William figures it out, opens the gate and walks away, although usually not very far because he has arthritis.
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Lately we have used a series of crisscrosses of bungee cords to hold the gate shut, but a little over a week ago, William figured out how they worked, head-butted the gate and escaped.
William has a computer chip in him, an ID tag that identifies him as our dog.
At a doctor's appointment in Charlotte, my husband got a phone call that William had been found about a mile away from home. We didn't even know he was lost and had no idea he could walk that far.
My husband called the number he was given, and Cheryl Roof answered, telling him that William was in her car.
Driving down Catawba Avenue, Cheryl and her 3-year-old daughter, Jordyn, saw William trying to cross the street in front of the Shell station. Even though she is 8 months pregnant and William weighs 85 pounds, Cheryl stopped the car.
"I just couldn't drive by," she said. "He was wandering in traffic.
"I couldn't pick him up because I'm pregnant. So I got his front feet in the car and pushed the rest in. I said (to William), 'What are you doing wandering in traffic?' ... He sat in the car wagging his tail.
"My daughter loved him and kept saying, 'He's such a sweet boy.'"
Cheryl added she's "known to do things like this ... I just couldn't drive by him. That's not who I am. It was really simple."
William stayed in the car while she and her daughter went grocery shopping. When she came out of the store, my husband drove up, got our dog, took him home ... and installed a new gate latch.
William is safe at home because of the kindness of one woman and her daughter. I can never, ever say "thank you" enough to Cheryl.
Jhony Meneses & Gustavo A. Ortiz exhibit March 8-April 30 at the Gallery at the Cornelius Arts Center. Reception with the artists 6-9 p.m. April 16.
Spring Break Camp. April 5-9. Registration begins Monday. www.corneliuspr.org
Taekwondo for ages 5 and up. 6:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Bailey Road Rec Center. Begins Tuesday and lasts six weeks. John Anderson, 704-765-1450.
Shred-a-thon. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, behind Cornelius Town Hall. 704-892-1363 ext. 254.
Tai Chi for Health for ages 18 and up. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays, March 22-May 17, community room, Town Hall. 704-765-1450 or www.corneliuspr.org/sunstyletaichi.
FLW National Guard Open Bass Fishing Tournament, with 300 of the top anglers from around the world. March 24-27. Weigh-ins at Blythe Landing, Cornelius, and at Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, Concord. 704-987-3300.
Hop into Spring! 2-4 p.m. March 27, Legion Park.
Summer camp registration starts April 1. For details visit www.corneliuspr.org after Thursday.
Second Annual Guns & Hoses Charity Softball Game (Cornelius police and firefighters). 1 p.m. April 10, Torrence Chapel Park. 704-892-1363 ext. 254.
Family Arts Day April 17, the Cornelius Arts Center.