He had a trailer full of precious cargo -- and although he was a little late in arriving, he got a warm welcome in Eagan when he finally arrived with 39 dogs that will now call Minnesota home.
Scott Whyatt was transporting his freight of four-legged friends when tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma once more. Although he was able to wait out the storm on the side of the road, it set him back almost eight hours.
When he pulled in with his puppy payload, Whyatt was greeted by a standing ovation from the loving families waiting to welcome their newest additions.
For Karen Halvorson and her family, the wait that should have been over was well worth it.
"We're really excited about it," she told FOX 9 News.
The Halvorsons adopted Scooter from an organization based in San Antonio, Texas, called Tracy's Dogs. That group is run by Whyatt and his wife, Tracy Voss. Their mission is to find strays in their community and deliver them to homes across the country.
But on his journey to the Twin Cities, Whyatt encountered a dangerous hazard on the road in Norman, Okla. -- a tornado.
"I had begged him to come home," Tracy Voss told FOX 9 News by phone. "He would not turn around and he headed back north."
That storm killed 10 people, including three professional tornado chasers. Most of the victims had been inside vehicles -- but Whyatt was able to park his and get back on the road after the storm had passed.
"First of all, I apologize for being late," he told the families. "We did get wedged in between two tornadoes."
Whyatt dropped off the dogs in Albert Lea and Eagan, and he told FOX 9 News they were on his mind when the weather took a dangerous turn.
"You never really think about your own personal safety. You always think about your passengers, and I thought about these guys," he said.
When asked why he didn't turn around and make the trip at a different time, Whyatt said he felt the dogs had waited long enough for a new home.
WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
Didn't find what you were looking for?