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University of Connecticut mascot Jonathan, a Siberian Husky, assists Daniel Bronko in proposing to his girlfriend, Holly Korona, on the school's campus in Storrs, Conn.
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University of Connecticut mascot Jonathan, a Siberian Husky, assists Daniel Bronko in proposing to his girlfriend, Holly Korona, on the school’s campus in Storrs, Conn.

Dog Gone: ‘General’ opens doors, flees animal clinic

STAFFORD, Va. — A dog who escaped from a Virginia animal hospital after opening several doors has been found and reunited with his owner.

Travis Campbell tells news outlets that his family was boarding their 10-year-old Great Pyrenees named General at the Aquia-Garrisonville Animal Hospital in Stafford while they vacationed in Virginia Beach when the dog left the clinic.

Surveillance video shows the 124-pound dog unlatching the door to his kennel and opening a second door before wandering down a hallway. Footage then shows General using his mouth to open another door.

The dog was seen in an office area before opening yet another door leading to a parking lot behind the building and walking out.

Campbell says General was eventually located after being found at a home nearby.

UConn Husky mascot Jonathan assists with wedding proposal

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Siberian Husky that serves as the mascot for the University of Connecticut has helped two alumni make a love connection.

Jonathan served as wingman last week when Daniel Bronko, 23, surprised his girlfriend, Holly Korona, 27, on a trip back to campus with a wedding proposal. The pair had met in 2013 while studying elementary education and working at the UConn recreation center.

Bronko brought Korona back to campus Monday on the pretense of visiting his younger brother, Jordan, who is a senior at UConn.

Bronko had reached out to Jonathan’s handlers in advance.

“It was my first time ever Facebook messaging a dog,” he said. “Thankfully, the handlers agreed to meet up with me. I knew it would be extra special for Holly, because she absolutely loves dogs.”

Bronko brought Korona to a favorite spot by Mirror Lake on campus, then dropped to one knee when the dog showed up with the engagement ring attached to his collar.

She said yes and received a kiss from Bronko and lick on the face from Jonathan.

“It was a huge surprise,” she said. “I was never thinking that Jonathan would be there. I was thinking in my mind, maybe it might happen at UConn, because that is a special place for us. But it was just extremely surprising and perfect. I can’t stop smiling.”

The couple, who live in Enfield and are both elementary school teachers at separate schools in Ellington, plan to wed next summer.

Jonathan may be invited to be the ring bearer, they said.

“He did such a good job with the engagement ring,” Korona said. “I’d trust him with the ring,” added Bronko.

Associated Press

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