UPS Driver Makes Special Holiday Delivery: His Neighbor’s Lost Dog

by Megan Molseed

2021 has certainly brought us some memorable moments. It may have been a rough year in some ways, but in others, 2021 has given us some unforgettable feel-good stories. Among these is a holiday tale to go down in the books. It includes a beloved pet, a kind UPS driver, a surprise holiday delivery, and a whole lot of joyous holiday spirit!

This Christmas season, a UPS driver surprised a customer with a priceless delivery when he located a lost dog, bringing the pet back home to safety.

Darrell Slack was certainly in his busy season delivering packages on Cyber Monday when one customer on his route shared some heartbreaking news.

Paula Odom, a resident of Turtletown, Tennessee, told Darrell Odom that she was missing her beloved Pete, a Jack Russell Terrier.

“She told me, ‘Our dog’s gone,'” Slack remembers.

“He had escaped the front porch,” the twenty-nine-year-old UPS worker continues in an interview with FOX.

“I just told her, ‘We’ll find him,’” Darrell Slack recalls.

UPS Driver Adds An Important Task To His Regular Route

During their discussion, Paula Odom revealed to Slack that the seven-year-old pup was a runner.

The Turtletown woman was worried her rambunctious Pete could be lost in the 500-plus acres of the Cherokee National Forest that surrounds her neighborhood. 

“In that forest there are coyotes, there are bears,” Paula Odom explains.

“My fear was that Pete is not mountain-wise and wouldn’t know what to do in a situation like that,” Pete’s owner adds. “And the chance we’d see him again was slim to none.”

Paula Odom and her husband, Perry had been searching for their beloved terrier for a while to no avail. So, Slack assured the couple he would keep his eyes open for Pete during his deliveries.

Then, it happened.

As the UPS driver reached a nearby remote area, he noticed Pete near the woods.

Thankfully, Slack always knows what to do when it comes to pups on his route. The UPS driver keeps dog biscuits in his UPS truck in case he needs them to make friends with a dog along his route. He offered one to Pete while calling out the pup’s name. Pete, knowing a good treat opportunity when he saw one, headed over to the vehicle, and Slack was able to put him inside.

Darrell then drove back to the Odom’s home to make the best delivery of the season…returning Pete to his home.

“As he held Pete in his arms I just about collapsed,” Paula Odom remembers.

“I was overjoyed,” she continues. “It speaks volumes — especially right now at Christmas.”

“This area is a home away from home for me,” Slack says.

“A lot of drivers feel the same way,” the UPS driver adds. “I just love these people and when I need them, they’re there for me.”