Finally, Helmers, who lives just 10 minutes away, dispatched her husband, Roy, to the scene.
"He walked up to him, talked to him, petted him a little, then scooped him up put him in the vehicle," she recalled.
The dog, who was given the name Truman, as in "a faithful man," had to place his faith in the arms of strangers.
And when that car door opened again, he was at the Helmers' home.
Truman has been in Helmers' care for just a few days.
"I don't believe he was a stray but left there with the items," she explained.
Also, she noted, "The dog was clean and dry, not like he had been walking through the mud or wet grass that's everywhere in Iowa right now."