A speedy dog with a red and white coat, Rebel is what his owner calls a laid-back “southern boy.”

That cool demeanor also means the 8-month-old shiba inu doesn’t bark, which didn’t help Michael McLeod find Rebel when he ran off at a truck stop on Interstate 80 in Knowlton Township in mid-September. McLeod assumed someone took Rebel or that he died of starvation.

After roaming around the truck stop and eating McDonald’s hamburgers for more than three months, Rebel was reunited with McLeod on Sunday at the Blairstown Animal Hospital. Offering the dog treats, McLeod cradled his traveling companion in his arms and kissed his head.

“I’ve called this my little Christmas miracle,” said McLeod, standing near his blue truck with a wreath attached to its grille.

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