Veteran’s service dog remains missing, community rallying in support


A Navy veteran’s service dog remains missing after running off during a pit stop just outside Arvin on Sunday.

Mushka, a 5-year-old, 91-pound, Great Dane mix, has been by Ron Trulock’s side for the last three years. Trulock, a retired Navy Captain, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 10 years ago. 

He said the last four days without Mushka by his side have been “uncomfortable”.

Ron and Judy Trulock stopped just past the Arvin Edison Water Storage District off Bear Mountain Boulevard on the edge of Arvin for a stretch-break Sunday afternoon.

The couple was traveling home to San Luis Obispo from Utah.

After driving for about 10 hours, they pulled off onto a dirt road on the edge of an almond orchard. They let Mushka out of the car to run around for a bit.

The couple said they turned their back briefly, and when they turned around Muska was gone. 

The “gentle giant”, as the Trulocks call her, is mostly black with a white chest and white paws. 

The Trulocks are offering a $100 reward for her return.

The community is now rallying together, showing support on social media and offering prayers to the Trulocks for a safe homecoming. Advanced carpet cleaning in Bakersfield added to the reward fund, pledging an additional $200.

Less than 24 hours after the story originally aired, it had been shared more then 1,500 times on Facebook. 

The Trulocks have returned home to San Luis Obispo for now, but they said they are overwhelmed with the amount of support they have received from the community and are extremely grateful to everyone looking for Mushka.

Many have asked how they can donate to the reward fund, and while the Trulocks are appreciative, they said they just want Mushka home and would rather see the money be donated to local animal shelters.

If you see Mushka or have any information, call at 949-633-8090.

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