(Meredith) -- A Texas couple heading to Las Vegas for a weekend trip found a sneaky stowaway hiding in their suitcase: their pet Chihuahua.
Kristi and Jared Owens were checking in their luggage at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport in Texas late last month when a Southwest Airlines gate agent told them their suitcase exceeded the weight limit.
When the couple opened their bag to rearrange some items, they found their small dog -- named Icky -- tucked inside a cowboy boot.
"You know it’s going to be an epic trip to Vegas when you get to the airport to check your bags, 6lbs overweight, and out pops a chihuahua from your boot," Jared wrote in a Facebook post, which included photos of Icky inside the suitcase.
Jared thanked Cathy Cook, the Southwest employee who made the discovery. Cook even offered to watch Icky until they returned from Vegas. Instead, Jared's uncle rushed to the airport and took the dog back home to Kristi's mother, who was watching the couple's children and other pets, the Washington Post reported.
"They have got a heck of an employee in Cathy. She went above and beyond," Jared told NBC affiliate station KCBD-TV. "You know, they could have turned us in saying we were trying to smuggle a dog to Vegas or something, and (they) never acted like that. They were extremely gracious."
Though some people online speculated the couple intentionally hid Icky, Kristi said that wasn't the case.
"We were just looking for a little romantic getaway, a little escape," Kristi told the Washington Post. "We've got a really busy house. We've got two children, three dogs, a rabbit, a lot of fish."
The couple said Icky loves to hide in clothes and remained silent the entire drive to the airport. They said they will make sure to double-check their luggage in the future.