SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A Texas rancher is still missing his pickup and trailer, but considers it well worth paying a $10,000 reward to have his dog back.
Chris Cooley's truck disappeared from a parking lot Tuesday, along with six cattle gates, financial papers and his golden retriever, Jim Bowie, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
When Nathan Ramos of San Antonio called him on Christmas Eve and said he'd found Jim Bowie while walking his own dog, Cooley handed over the $10,000 he had posted for a reward.
Ramos had seen Cooley's offer on television, but he was shocked when he actually wrote him the check, said Cooley, of Cotulla, Texas.
Ramos did not return messages, but Cooley said he told him the $10,000 would go to relieve debts for his late father's liver transplant, the newspaper reported.
Cooley had feared his dog was being taken to Mexico.
J.B. is among a long line of champion golden retrievers bred by Cooley for friends and family. He keeps Jim Bowie's mother, father, and brother at his house.