Juliana Pribela, 11, found the 7-1/2-pound dog in her back yard off Foothill Road around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon after she spotted it out the window.
The dog had been missing since the 7 p.m. Saturday traffic accident and its owner, medical student Melina Masihi who lives in Pleasanton, has been searching the freeway area near the Castlewood Drive/Sunol Boulevard exit for her cherished pet.
Juliana and her mom Terri bathed the little dog, a Chorkie, which is a mix of a Yorkie dog and a Chihuahua, and removed the many burrs from his fur.
"I thought probably someone has taken this kind of a dog to the darling little pet store downtown," said Terri Pribela, and she brought the dog into Murphy's Paw on Main Street on Monday.
She also wanted to buy him a coat, she added.
Meanwhile the Pleasanton Weekly had posted a news story about the missing dog on its daily Express edition Monday at www.pleasantonweekly.com.
"Monday, a lady brought the dog into our store and told me that she found him Sunday evening in a neighborhood off of Foothill," said Melanie Sadek, owner of Murphy's Paw. "I recommended that she go to a local vet and have his back scanned."
"When she left the store, I had kept her contact info," Sadek said. "Chorkie also had a new fleece jacket to help keep him warm. Then this morning I read the Pleasanton Weekly Express edition and called everyone ASAP. Melina was so grateful, and Terri was happy to reunite Chorkie with his mommy."
No one was badly injured in the Saturday evening accident, including the Chorkie, who apparently walked down an embankment and disappeared. Masihi is bruised and received stitches on her forehead.
Terri Pribela said when Masihi called her, she asked if she would wait until 5 p.m. to pick up the dog, whose name is Cookie, because she knew Juliana would want to say goodbye to her new little friend. When Masihi arrived, she'd brought several friends, a giant cake and a dozen roses, said Pribela.
"They said, 'Let me pay you,' but I said, 'Absolutely not, it's a gift,'" she recalled.
When they left, they gave Juliana an envelope, which turned out to contain the $300 reward they'd been offering for Cookie's return.
That was wonderful for Juliana, noted her mother, but they were happy to take care of little Cookie and were glad for the happy ending since they already have a house full of pets.
"We have dogs and we would want someone to take care of our dog," Pribela said.
"It's a miracle," Masihi said Wednesday morning, that Cookie survived after her night alone wandering through the city. "I'm crazy about this little guy."