DURHAM — Deuce, half of the canine duo who run the bases at Durham Bulls Athletic Park after each Bulls victory, took off after Saturday’s game and hasn’t been seen since.
Deuce and his brother Ace, one-year-old border collies, were in the stadium’s parking lot with their owner and trainer, Gene Lonsway of Chapel Hill, when the post-game fireworks went off.
Both dogs were spooked, and Lonsway had only enough time to keep hold of Ace.
“I was putting the dogs in the van, and at just the wrong moment the fireworks began,” he said. “Deuce took off at 100 miles an hour.”
Deuce was last seen running toward the American Tobacco complex. He was not wearing a collar but was in uniform – a bright orange Durham Bulls bandana.
“Deuce is probably in someone’s living room right now, and they are treating him very well,” Lonsway said. “He should be back very soon. That is my hope, at least.”
Deuce and Ace only began attending games this season and didn’t perform their first on-field victory lap until May 31. Lonsway hopes they are reunited before the next home game, Thursday against Pawtucket.
He asks anyone with information about Deuce’s whereabouts to call him at 919-968-3647.
Staff writer Kelsey Rupp