"I own a gun range on Wolf Springs Road in the southern part of Dallas county, down here near the river bottoms," Baxley told The Dodo. "And I've seen these two dogs - a black one and a white one - running up and down the road, playing with each other for the last several days."
Baxley says that on his way to work Monday morning, around 9 a.m., he saw the pair frolicking as usual. He didn't know if the the dogs had an owner, but there wasn't one in sight.
Around 2 p.m. Baxley left his gun range. He drove up the road, looked to the right and was stunned:
The white dog was dead.
And the black dog was sitting by his side.
The white dog was likely hit by a car "speeding ass" down the road, theorizes Baxley: "They were both about 7 or 8 feet off a road. I didn't know what exactly to do. But I didn't want anything bad to happen to the black dog."
Baxley realized he somehow needed to get the black dog to come with him, into his car. But no matter how much Baxley coaxed him, the animal wouldn't follow.
"I realized the problem was that he wasn't going to leave his buddy," says Baxley. He called some friends who had experience with rescuing animals, and they advised him to carefully put the white dog's body in the van - to encourage the black dog to jump in.
So Baxley did just that.
But the black dog still wouldn't get in the van.