"One lady offered to shelter us both!" Jason Gasparik said
It was a simple sign made with ripped up cardboard and magic marker and a simple message: “Do you know this lost dog?” But the cute dog and the cute guy holding the sign got tons of attention.
“A lot of people were honking and stopping to take pictures and video. One woman stopped in the middle of traffic. It was all a little crazy,” Jason Gasparik tells PEOPLE.
The 40-year-old was driving home around on Friday night, when he saw a few people pulled over trying to corral a dog who was running in and out of traffic on a major road in Charlotte, North Carolina.
It took the group about an hour to get the chocolate Lab to calm down enough so that Gasparik, who works in sales for a manufacturing company, could take her home and start looking for her owner. He took the lab to a 24-hour vet hoping her microchip would help, but the chip wasn’t registered to anyone. So he posted about the dog on Facebook and a few neighborhood sites hoping by morning he’d have some answers.
“Saturday morning I was sitting there with her thinking what else could I do? So like a total dork I made my sign and went to stand out on the sidewalk with her.”
Local photographer Eben Adrian snapped a pic of the duo and that photo went viral.
“That’s when it skyrocketed. I was getting pinged left and right. I couldn’t keep up with all the messages I was getting.”
He stood out there for three hours and, at the same time, the dog’s owner was frantically driving around calling for Roxy. He’s an older gentleman with back issues and can’t walk well, so he was driving with his windows down calling out her name.
A woman who had seen the picture of Gasparik and Roxy heard the man as he was looking for his dog and showed him the picture.
“She sent me a message on the neighborhood site and said she’d found the dogs owner,” Gasparik explains.
“As soon as Roxy saw him her ears perked up and she ran to him and he had all the paperwork to show that he was the owner. And of course he had tons of pictures of her on his cellphone.”
Gasparik says he plans to stay in touch with Roxy and her new owner, and has promised to come take her for regular walks.
“He can’t really walk her much and you could tell when she was with me that she loved going for walks, so I’m planning to go over there to see her this weekend.”
The photo also prompted a lot of women to reach out asking for dates.
“One lady offered to shelter us both!”
But Gasparik says he is newly single and taking things slow in the dating department.
“I’m still trying to digest everything. It was a whirlwind of a weekend. It was pretty cool to see the power of social media. So often it’s so much bad stuff and in this case it was such a positive thing. It was so nice to see how many people were so willing to help find Roxy’s owner.”