A young electrician from Tampa, Florida, is being regarded as a hero for rescuing a famous and treasured dog who was taken from a beach on Nov. 4.
The Jack Russell terrier, called Zeus, is an indispensable member of a kiteboard-loving family unit.
His pet parent is 16-year-old Cameron Maramenides, a Team USA kite-boarding member who is registered to contend in the 2020 Olympics.
Cameron’s father is Dimitri Maramenides, a world-renowned kite-boarder who spends numerous weekend breaks in the sea kite-boarding along with his son.
Zeus is well-known in his very own right, because, surprisingly, the dog learned how to kite-board, too. Zeus has made an appearance in articles and online videos, exhibiting his extraordinary doggy-athleticism.
When the Maramenides family couldn’t find Zeus after an afternoon contest, they were devastated.
They did everything within their power to find Zeus, including working with Pet Detective Jamie Katz and supplying a $3,500 cash reward for the safe return of their four-legged friend, absolutely no questions asked.
On Nov. 8, four days after Zeus went missing, a young male named Miguel Camacho happened to read about the dog’s story on Facebook.
Camacho was in a West Tampa plaza and had just completed studying for a test that he was to take that same afternoon. Unexpectedly, a car arrived that caught Camacho’s eye.
” I was sitting there, reading the article,” Camacho informed the Tampa Bay Times.
” The guy pulls up, gets out the car, grabs the dog and I’m thinking, man this looks just like that dog.”
Quickly, Camacho reached out to the cell phone number presented in the Facebook article. He was soon speaking with 16-year-old Cameron, and could certainly hear the pain and stress in the teen’s tone.
Camacho really needed to leave to be on time for his exam, however, he decided that helping Zeus reunite with his family was much more necessary.
Camacho followed the man in his car up until the man stopped and questioned Camacho why he was driving behind him.
The meeting could have gone very wrong, but Camacho managed to keep his cool and simply mentioned his reason:
” I believe that dog isn’t yours,” Camacho said to the man. “I’m on the phone with his owner right now.”
At Cameron’s cuing over the phone, Camacho called the pup’s name, “Zeus!”.
Zeus came jumping away from the stranger’s truck and hopped straight into Camacho’s car.
It wasn’t much longer before Zeus was rejoined with his rightful owners in an emotional ending to a very long week.
” We are feeling completely exhausted, yet elated and we are still pinching ourselves to see if we are daydreaming,” said Dimitri’s wife, Helen Trotman.
” We are so lucky Miguel was there and was willing to put himself into a possibly hazardous situation to get our dog back.”.
Police have been filled in of the situation, but so far have not located Zeus’ abductor.
Camacho had been unaware of the money reward, but accepted it, with plans to use the cash to benefit his little ones.
” I have two kids,” he said. “I’m gon na do some Christmas shopping for them and put the rest in their savings accounts.”.
As for the skipped exam, Camacho was delighted to report that his teacher allowed him to make it up after learning about Camacho’s brave act of altruism.