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Durham Bulls' base-running mascot reunited with owner

Posted July 17, 2013

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— Deuce, one of the dogs that runs the bases after Durham Bulls' wins, has been found safe after disappearing during a weekend fireworks show at the ballpark.

The 1-year-old border collie was found around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday wandering the wood line in a field near Carroll Street and Lakewood Avenue, about a mile from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

James Lee Pryor, who found Deuce, said he recognized the dog from TV and contacted Durham County Animal Services, who reunited the animal with owner Gene Lonsway.

"Deuce seems to be happy and healthy. In fact, he seems totally unfazed by his three days away from home," Lonsway wrote on his Facebook page.

Lonsway said he was loading Deuce and his brother, Ace, into a van Saturday night at the ballpark when the fireworks spooked the dogs. Lonsway was able to get Ace into the van but Deuce ran.

"When I saw that dog, I actually sat on the floor," he said Wednesday afternoon. "I wasn't sure what was going to happen. I don't usually get faint."

Scott Carter, director of marketing for the Durham Bulls Baseball Club, said that Deuce will be at Friday's game.

"We will officially welcome him home, and he and his brother will run the bases post-game, win or lose," Carter said.


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  • riverlover Jul 22, 2013

    I hope they go to more efforts to keep their dogs safe! It is ridiculous to put this dog in so much danger just for the sake of entertainment for the spectators...

  • mudfilter Jul 18, 2013

    We're reading that the owner said in an article that he thought the dog had a microchip but when the samaritan found Deuce (purchased originally from a breeder) and the animal control scanned him they didn't find one. The owner owns a kennel, trains dogs, and didn't have a microchip nor have it on his mind about the upcoming fireworks to be set off? From what we ascertain from all articles and comments, only a bandanna was Deuce wearing. Nothing more. Not so smart!

  • ginashires Jul 17, 2013

    Yay! So glad for a happy ending, we don't get those enough nowadays.

  • boolittlek Jul 17, 2013

    The Bulls' website lists five separate dates in July featuring fireworks... that's a bit much.

  • lostgirl12 Jul 17, 2013

    So glad the good samaritan found him safe and sound; he's an adorable dog.
    Agreed he should have been on a leash (it's the law, right??), and dogs don't belong at fireworks, mascot or not...it can completely traumatize them.

  • westernwake1 Jul 17, 2013

    This is good news!

  • newki001 Jul 17, 2013

    Love a good dog story ending...glad he wasn't injured on his 3 day run.

  • paddie Jul 17, 2013

    Deuce is beautiful! So glad he's home now. BTW, I have a thundershirt for one of my dogs and I agree with "workingmynerves" in that it does pretty well as far as calming him down during fireworks or thunderstorms, but an initial, sudden, loud noise...not so much.

  • snowl Jul 17, 2013

    Keep him on his leash next time! Glad he is safe and found! lol

  • Dartman1955 Jul 17, 2013

    Awesome news. And Mr. Pryor deserves a big thank you. Maybe even a 2nd half season pass.