Friday, July 30, 2010

Mikey Brown, terrier mutt

Dog Missing For 5 Years Reunites With Family
Dog Was Living In Home Less Than A Mile From His Mission Hills Family
July 26, 2010

SAN DIEGO -- A Mission Hills family received the surprise of their lives when they were reunited with the dog they had lost five years ago.

Scott Alix never thought he would ever be reunited with his terrier mutt Mikey Brown.

Mikey disappeared five years ago while hanging out one day at Alix's garage door business in Clairemont.

"We're assuming someone had grabbed him thinking he was a lost dog, and I had just taken his collar off," said Alix.

Since then, Alix never forgot about Mikey, and neither did Alix's two sons who grew up with the dog by their side much of the time.

"For some reason, my sons kept having dreams ... they kept saying, 'He's still around here, he's still around here,'" said Alix.

Alix always stayed positive, but he never thought those dreams would actually come true.

Recently, Alix's girlfriend, who did not know Mikey Brown but always heard about him, received a call at Alix's shop from San Diego County Animal Control.

"I immediately said, 'Is this a joke? Because this is cruel if it is … and it's not funny.' They said, 'No, seriously, he's alive. We see that Scott's the owner,'" said Kandee Cole, Alix's girlfriend.

Animal control got a hold of Mikey after a woman caring for him passed away. Mikey had a microchip implanted when Alix adopted him 13 years ago, and that allowed animal control to track down Alix.

"Almost unrecognizable as far as his body, but as soon as you looked at his face, you knew it was Mikey Brown," said Alix.

San Diego County Animal Services said microchip implanting began in the 1990s, and since then about 212,000 pets have had chips implanted. That number also includes every animal the county adopts out.

Placing a microchip in a pet costs $20, and local shelters do clinics every Thursday for licensed pets.

"The babysitter who's been around all these years was in tears," said Cole.

"From what we heard, he was there for someone in their last years, so no ill will at all," said Alix.

Alix told 10News Mikey happened to be living less than a mile away from the family during the five years he was away.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Logan, husky

Carlisle couple reunited with dog they thought stolen
By Elizabeth Broughton
Tuesday, 27 July 2010

A Carlisle couple have spoken of their joy after the happiest of reunions with the puppy they thought may have been gone for good.

Claire Norman with Logan

And it’s all thanks to the News & Star that loveable husky pup Logan is finally back where he belongs after nine days of worry for owners Claire and Stewart Norman.

After reading the News & Star article on Saturday, a woman from the Scotby area – who had taken Logan in after finding him on the streets – contacted Claire and Stewart to reunite him with them.

Claire, of Bedford Road, Denton Holme, said: “It was just amazing.

“After it appeared in the paper we were contacted by a woman who had had him for eight days – she said she found him wandering in Scotby but I don’t think he could’ve got there on his own.

“But she took beautiful care of him and it was absolute heaven to see him again.

“The response we had from that article was overwhelming, 100 people must have phoned us. If that article hadn’t gone in I don’t know when we would’ve got him back.”

The couple, who also have another husky pup, Kiefa, were reunited with the 13 month-old just before they were due to board a train to Blackpool for the weekend – and it was the perfect start to their weekend away.

“We felt so bad because my brother-in-law was looking after the puppies for the weekend,” said Claire.

“But we met the woman at the train station and my husband ran round the corner with Kiefa – when she saw Logan they just went mad, it was so nice to see. My husband had been so upset as he felt responsible because he was walking them both when Logan went missing. But it was such a lovely moment being reunited.”

Logan went missing when Stewart was walking him along the River Eden, near Waverley Bridge, and the couple feared he had been stolen to order outside of the county.

“But now he’s back at home Claire, who’s five months pregnant, said it’s like he’s never been away. He has slotted straight back into life with the Normans,” she said.

“We’re so happy he is back where he is supposed to be, this is home.”


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Joy, black lab

Man Reunites With Dog, Gives $4K Reward To Humane Society
July 28, 2010

SHELBY, N.C. -- A Shelby man who offered a $4,000 reward for his missing dog was reunited with her on Friday, Channel 9’s newspaper partner the Gaston Gazette reports.

Clint Newton’s 6-year-old black Labrador retriever, Joy, went missing about three weeks ago.

Newton said he’s received countless leads about the dog since news spread about the reward. He chased down the tips, but had no luck. Then, on Friday, he said a friend of his, Marguerite Mebane, appeared at his door and told him Joy was at the Cleveland County Animal Shelter. Mebane is the president of the Cleveland County Humane Society.

Newton rushed to the shelter and there, he found Joy.

“I just sat on the floor with her and she just let me give her belly rubs,” he said.

Newton said he forgot his wallet because he left his home in a rush, so Mebane wrote a check to the shelter from the Humane Society for the $150 to retrieve Joy.

When they got back to Newton’s house, he wrote Mebane a check for $4,000.

“The timing was such a blessing for the Humane Society,” Mebane said. “With the economy, times are hard. Demand has been high and money’s been tight.”

Now, Newton said, he plans to install a fence around his back yard.

“I’m just thrilled to death to have her back,” he said. “I don’t know what I would have done without her.”

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Butch, rottweiler

Dog missing for 3 years reunited with family
Riverside owners ID'd through microchip info
By Bob Uphues
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Back home: Kerry Simmons and her 11-year-old son, Mattia, with Butch outside their Riverside home on Tuesday. Butch went missing over three years ago, but was found in northwest Indianan on Monday. Lake County Sheriff’s animal control officers located the Simmons family after getting information from a microchip the family had implanted in Butch as a puppy.

Butch was just a pup when he disappeared from the backyard of the Simmons home in the 300 block of East Quincy Street in Riverside over three years ago. Tied to a stake in the yard, the little Rottweiler was enjoying the company of Malibu a fully grown Siberian husky.

The fence wasn't complete, but Kerry Simmons said there was no way the puppy just walked away. She's convinced he was taken.

Now Butch - all 85 pounds of him - is back home a day after the Kerry and her husband, Matt, got a call from the Lake County, Indiana, Sheriff's Police animal shelter in Crown Point.

"Matt picked up the phone and someone asked him if he had a dog named Butch," said Kerry, who overheard the conversation on Monday morning.

Police discovered the microchip the Simmones had implanted under Butch's skin.

"I drove down there to pick him up," said Kerry Simmons.

"They were ecstatic," said April Godra, community liaison for the Lake County Animal Adoption Center. "They never thought they'd find him again."

According to Godra, Butch was found in unincorporated Calumet Township, near Gary, on someone's front porch at 7:30 a.m. on Monday.

"We got a call that there was a large dog sitting on the porch, and they were afraid because the kids had to go to school," Godra said.

They didn't need to fear. A sheriff's officer coaxed Butch into a fenced backyard and fed him treats until the director of the Animal Adoption Center arrived. Butch appeared to have been well cared for, Godra said.

While no one knows for sure how Butch ended up in northwest Indiana, Godra said that Rottweilers are sometimes taken from yards and used as bait dogs in fighting rings or as fighting dogs. Butch does not appear to have suffered that fate, however.

"Or, since a full-blooded rottweiler is an expensive animal, sometimes they're taken to be guard dogs," Godra said.

That was partly the reason the Simmonses, who have three children, got the baby rottweiler over three years ago.

"I'm on the road a lot, and I've had Rottweilers all my life," said Matt Simmons. "They're very loyal and protective."

The family owned another Rottweiler for a short period of time after Butch went missing, but it didn't last. Matt wanted to get another one, but Kerry nixed the idea.

"I guess it was your lucky day yesterday," said Kerry to her husband Tuesday afternoon outside their Riverside home.

Mattia, the Simmonses' 11-year-old son, said he remembered Butch as "just a little puppy when we first brought him home. He was very cute."

When Mattia got out of school Monday afternoon, Kerry was waiting outside with that pup, now fully grown.

"Mattia saw us from way off and started running to the car, yelling, 'Butchie!'"

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Buddy, bichon frise

After multistate journey, stolen dog is homeward-bound
By Bill Scanlon, Rocky Mountain News
Published May 8, 2008 at 1:27 p.m.

Buddy waits patiently during the drive to Fort Collins on Saturday to be reunited with his owner, Mark Hench.

Buddy, a calendar-cute white mop of a lap dog, was swiped in California, showed up in Texas seven months later and now is on his way to Colorado to be reunited with the astonished man who loves him.

Buddy's odyssey was made possible by the kindness of strangers and his owner's decision to get an ID chip placed under the dog's skin.

"My prayers have been answered," Mark Hench, a disabled man who lives in Fort Collins, said Thursday. "I have no family. Buddy is my little son."

Before Hench got sick, he owned a body shop in Ventura, Calif. Last summer, he went to an animal shelter and bought Buddy, a bichon frise.

One day, according to the account of a neighbor, a guy on a bicycle came by the shop, grabbed Buddy, put him in the bike's basket and pedaled off.

"For three months, I drove up and down the streets looking for Buddy," Hench said. "I was very upset."

Then Hench fell sick and wasn't able to work anymore. His daughter in Fort Collins arranged for him to move there. Several months had gone by when, on April 17, Hench got a call.

In a Texas accent, a woman said, "Honey, we have your bichon here. Do you want to swing by and pick him up?"

When Hench found out that the call was from Fort Worth, he said, no, he really couldn't just swing by. The animal control officer, Ginger Leach, didn't give up.

She called a number that lists all the volunteer animal rescuers in north Texas. That's how Love Frazar, transportation coordinator for Rescue Angels on Wheels, got involved.

A Colorado Springs couple in the rescue group volunteered to take him back to their city; they happened to be vacationing in Texas. Another volunteer will bring Buddy to Highlands Ranch, where Gloria Pollock will pick him up, drive to Fort Collins and "put him on his daddy's doorstep," Frazar said.

Buddy is reunited with his owner, Mark Hench, in Fort Collins on Saturday.

That should happen sometime Saturday afternoon. No one involved has any idea how Buddy got from California to Texas.


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Liberty, silver lab

BONSALL: Couple returns lost dog to owners ---- in Florida
By Teri Figueroa
Posted: June 16, 2010 7:32 pm

Liberty the dog was found roaming the streets after her owners moved to Florida.

Liberty is no longer running the streets of North County. She's moved to Florida.

The 92-pound silver labrador was reunited last week with her owners, who had recently relocated to the Tampa area. And it is all thanks to a Bonsall couple who rescued and returned the 3-year-old canine ---- at a personal cost of nearly $500.

John Pickrell did not know Liberty, did not know her owners, when he spotted the stray dog running down a street not far from his home last week.

"Her tongue was hanging out," Pickrell, 67, said. "She looked pretty frazzled."

He said he knew he had to stop to help the pup, lest he face the wrath of his dog-loving wife ---- "I knew I'd be dog food," John Pickrell said.

"I opened the door and she crawled in over me," he said of the stray. "I had to wiggle my way out of the front seat to get her to move."

Pickrell took the dog home to his wife, JoAnn Pickrell, 64, who jumped into action. First step: check for a microchip ---- a success, since it turned up the owners and a phone number.

But that was the easy part. Getting Liberty home took a little more.

JoAnn Pickrell called the owners and learned they had just moved to Florida and had left the pup in the care of a North County neighbor. But the neighbor wasn't returning their calls, leaving them mystified as to Liberty's whereabouts and well-being.

"I made sure they really wanted the dog back," JoAnn Pickrell said. "If not, we were gonna keep her."

Yes, the owners told Pickrell, they wanted to be reunited with their dog.

The dog's owners did not immediately return calls for comment on Wednesday. But in an interview with a local Fox television affiliate in Tampa, the family said they were thrilled to get Liberty back ---- but paying for the flight would be a problem.

"We had just spent thousands to move out of state so we were like, 'How are we going to come up with the money to get our dog back?' " said Liberty's owner, identified by the television station only as Heidi.

Without much thought, JoAnn Pickrell, a cancer patient, made arrangements to get the dog on an eastbound plane ---- her treat.

But not before she had Liberty checked out by a vet. Good thing she did so, because Liberty had a foxtail burr lodged deep in her ear canal, leaving her with an ear infection.

Pickrell found a doctor at Carlsbad's Bressi Ranch Pet Hospital willing to treat Liberty and remove the plant piece from her ear gratis, save for the $22.50 worth of medicine.

Pickrell bought the $417 plane ticket ---- made a little less painful with the help of a $100 donation from a small nonprofit group in Fallbrook known as the Senior Special Needs Animal Assistance Project Endeavor, or SNAPPE, which networks with other groups to aid animals.

"I know how hard it is when you are an individual animal rescuer like JoAnn, taking money out of your own pocket," said Mary Ann Bouse, SNAPPE founder. Bouse also donated a large portable kennel to house Liberty on the plane.

John Pickrell said his wife spent "a couple of pretty hectic days making arrangements" to rescue and return a lost dog to strangers.

"But if you knew her, if she had to spend her last dollar, that's where it would be," John Pickrell said of his wife's animal rescue efforts. "There's no question about it."

Many North County folks who have turned out for jury duty at the Vista courthouse in the last decade may remember JoAnn Pickrell. She's the face of the local jury services office, the dynamo who often gives an introductory speech and civic-duty pep rally to the tired-eyed, coffee-swilling potential jurors. In recent months, chemotherapy side effects led her to wear a hat at work.

Thursday, as it happens, is JoAnn Pickrell's last day with the court; she said her illness has made her too tired to continue work.

But, hey, Friday marks her first day of retirement. There's gotta be a few "Liberty" jokes in there somewhere.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Riley, weimeraner

This article is actually comment #32 to an article published before the dog was returned. I couldn't find the actual publication of this article.

Dog returned after month-long adventure
Adopted owner yields to original family
By Bob White
posted on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 12:42:28 PM by SLB
Since disappearing from her Radcliff home last month, 2-year-old Riley has been picked up, dropped off, impounded, injected, micro-chipped, adopted by a Fort Knox soldier, pictured on television and now returned to her original owners.

Riley’s reunion came Friday afternoon after pleading by her owners spurred Fort Knox leaders to arrange a meeting that led to the Weimeraner’s return. Fort Knox officials say the dog was returned with consent from its adopted owner.

The short-haired gray dog went missing in mid-June from James and Kim Church’s Kentucky Circle home.

Shortly thereafter, a soldier found the dog near the U.S. Army post and brought it to Fort Knox and handed it over to military police, who, in turn, gave it to the Fort Knox Stray Animal Facility.

The shelter asks people to deliver strays to MPs, rather than bringing animals directly to the shelter.

Riley arrived at the pound with no tags, so no one knew her name or home address.

The Churches, meanwhile, were calling every pound, veterinarian and shelter for which they could find a phone number. They had no knowledge of the stray facility on Fort Knox, which has not been considered a public facility in recent years.

A “lost dog” Internet ad helped the Churches discover a dog matching Riley’s description at Fort Knox. But the dog was adopted June 26 by a Knox soldier.

Fort Knox officials told the Churches and reporters last week that the adopted owner, a soldier, didn’t want to return the dog. The soldier legally adopted the pet and paid the shelter $85 for shots and microchip tags.

Fort Knox public affairs officials say the adopted owner decided to hand the dog over a day after learning of the Churches’ efforts to find and reclaim their pet.

James Church said post leadership was present, along with Riley and the adopted owner during the handoff.

“Honestly, I don’t know why they gave it back. I’m just glad they did,” James Church said. “I kinda’ felt sorry for that family, since they’d gone through the right channels to get the dog.”

Church said the biggest problem in regaining custody of Riley was misinformation.

“First they said the dog was picked up on Knox and we saw paperwork that said the dog was pickup up on Wilson Road,” Church said. “They told us she had no collar when she came in, but we know she had the collar coming in…”

Church said lack of information bout the Fort Knox Stray Animal Facility complicated the search. Church said he found no number listed for the pound on post. He said no other shelters he phoned provided him information about the facility.

“If you’re not affiliated with Fort Knox, you don’t have any way to know about the (stray facility there),” Church said.

Fort Knox Public Affairs Officer Connie Shaffery said the stray animal facility has revised its hold-time policy, extending the length of mandatory stay prior to adoption to five days, from three.

The five-day delay is the same amount of time Kentucky mandates a facility hold an animal prior to adoption.

Despite complications retrieving the dog, James Church said he was grateful for post leadership’s effort in bringing a happy ending to Riley’s story.

Source (see comment #32):

Also see this article and comments, from before the dog was returned:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Samantha, maltese

Bark back! Stolen dog returned to owner
By Ben Muessig for The Brooklyn Paper
February 2, 2008

A grief-stricken Windsor Terrace woman was reunited with her beloved Maltese pup on Wednesday — a full week after thieves broke into her apartment and stole the only valuable that mattered: her dog.

Pam Willke’s 8-year-old pooch Samantha was returned to her at the 72nd Precinct station house in a tearful reunion that ended a bizarre, week-long mystery that began when thieves raided her 16th Street apartment on Jan. 23.

Pam Willke poses with Samantha, the dog that was stolen from her Windsor Terrace apartment last week, but returned to her by two women who say they bought the pooch from the thief on the Fulton Mall.

“It was the worst thing they could have taken,” Willke said. “I’d rather they had taken everything else and left Samantha.”

The robbers had struck sometime between 9 am and 7 pm, when Willke, an administrative assistant with the Economic Development Corporation, was at work. Cops knew that the dog had been stolen, and was not merely missing, because the thief had also taken the pup’s yellow carrier.

For two days, a panicked Willke put up flyers all over the neighborhood and contacted the local media.

At the same time, sisters Julissa and Shavonne Bermudez, 23 and 19, of Flatbush, were shopping on the Fulton Mall in Downtown Brooklyn — miles away from the crime scene — when a man offered to sell them a dog. Unaware that the canine was stolen property, they bought Samantha for $650.

But on Monday, Shavonne Bermudez saw a TV news broadcast about Samantha — whom she had already renamed Dior — about the dog’s theft.

“I turned to her and said, ‘Samantha,’ and she looked right up at me,” Bermudez said.

The next day, the sisters returned Samantha to 72nd Precinct cops. When police called Willke that afternoon, she bolted out of the office to reclaim her pooch.

“I’m a pet lover so I had no problem bringing her back,” Shavonne said. “Taking someone’s pet is like taking someone’s child.”

Now that Willke has the dog back, she is taking precautions to keep the dog safe. Vets have implanted Samantha with a microchip so she could be traced back to Willke if she is ever lost or stolen.

She also plans to install bars on her kitchen window.

On Wednesday evening, Willke met with the Bermudez sisters to thank — and reimburse — them.

“I’m hoping they can find another animal to love,” Willke said. “Just not this one.”

Cops have no leads in the mystifying crime, but said such crimes are unusual. Experts say people do steal dogs for many reasons, including breeding, resale, anger at the dog’s owner, and for use as bait in dog fighting.

Breeding was obviously out because Samantha is spayed.

“It was probably just some guy who thought he could make some money,” said one officer at the 72nd Precinct. “And he did.”

Around Windsor Terrace, Willke’s neighbors, who had helped post hundreds of flyers around the neighborhood, were overjoyed.

“I own a dog,” said Joe Coppa. “If something happened to my dog, I’d like my neighbors to help out the same way.”


Monday, July 19, 2010

Laser, beagle

Lost dog makes six-week trek home
Last Updated: Friday, July 9, 2010

It took him six weeks after slipping his leash, but Laser the beagle has made a remarkable 80-kilometre journey back to his home in Winnipeg.

Laser has been reunited with the LePage family after six weeks on the run.

Parry LePage and his family were at their cottage in Winnipeg Beach on May 22 when Laser got free from his leash after being spooked by a fireworks display. The cottagers, who live in the Winnipeg suburb of Transcona, searched the beach communities north of the Manitoba capital for their dog, but Laser was not to be found.

Laser has been reunited with the LePage family after six weeks on the run. (CBC)The family had adopted the three-year-old beagle from Winnipeg's humane society about a month earlier, and the dog quickly bonded with the LePage family.

On July 5, something remarkable happened: Laser was spotted in a schoolyard just two kilometres from the LePage home and taken to an animal shelter, eventually to be reunited with his adoptive family.

Parry LePage considers Laser's journey exceptional, given he was only with the family a short time before disappearing.

After travelling more than 80 kilometres, Laser was spotted in a schoolyard just two kilometres from the LePage home. (CBC)"I blamed myself when he took off — everyone was so upset," LePage said. "But we formed quite a bond with him over a short period of time."

The LePage family had plastered the Winnipeg Beach area with posters of Laser and every few days they'd receive a phone call from someone who had seen the dog. The sightings eventually got closer to Winnipeg, but no one was able to catch the dog. LePage figures Laser was finding food in the garbage and animal feed on farms between the city and the beach.

"I felt really, really excited. I couldn't believe … he finally came back after six weeks of running," said Adara LePage, 10.

After travelling more than 80 kilometres, Laser was spotted in a schoolyard just two kilometres from the LePage home.

The family members don't know who finally managed to pick Laser up and took him to the animal shelter, but they are grateful.


Another version of the story at

Lost dog finds way home to Winnipeg
Published: July 10, 2010 at 9:15 PM

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, July 10 (UPI) -- Laser, a beagle who slipped his leash during fireworks at a Canadian lake resort found his way back to his Winnipeg neighborhood 50 miles away, his owners say.

Parry LePage, who lives in Transcona, a Winnipeg suburb, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp that he and his family adopted the 3-year-old beagle only a month before he disappeared.

The LePages were at their cottage in Winnipeg Beach, 50 miles north of the Manitoba capital on Lake Winnipeg, when Laser vanished May 22. They believe he ran off because the fireworks display scared him.

"I blamed myself when he took off -- everyone was so upset," LePage said. "But we formed quite a bond with him over a short period of time."

The family posted lost dog signs and got frequent phone calls from people who had spotted Laser. As the weeks went by, the calls began coming from areas closer to Winnipeg.

On July 5, someone managed to catch the beagle in a schoolyard near the LePage home and delivered him to a shelter that reunited him with his family.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cambria, airedale

Couple reunites with lost dog after it was offered for sale
By Sarah Dallof
July 1st, 2010 @ 5:54pm

WEST VALLEY CITY -- The 4th of July is no holiday for pets. In fact, shelters fill up with dogs and cats who get scared and bolt during fireworks shows.

A West Valley couple lost their dog following a fireworks display. But the person who found her didn't try to return the dog -- they tried to sell her.

Airedale Terriers aren't too common in Utah, so 1-and-a-half-year old Cambria is often the center of attention.

Airedale Terriers aren't too common in Utah, so 1-and-a-half-year old Cambria is often the center of attention. Airedale Terriers aren't too common in Utah, so 1-and-a-half-year old Cambria is often the center of attention.

"She's a puppy, she loves everything," said Cambria's owner Brendan Cochrane.

Well, almost everything. Saturday, fireworks spooked her.

"Somebody opened the front door to let somebody leave, and that's all the chance she needed. She took off," he said.

Brendan and his wife Katelyn Cochrane went door to door looking for Cambria. They contacted shelters, vets and hung fliers at gas stations.

Then, a family member alerted them to a want ad for an Airedale Terrier on Classifieds.

"I just had a feeling I needed to call this person, so I called and said if somebody approaches about selling an Airedale, we lost ours Saturday night," Brendan said.

The woman Brendan spoke with said in fact someone had contacted her, offering to sell an Airedale for $100.

Brendan gave her a description of Cambria and her collar. The woman called the seller back, then called Brendan.

It was his dog that was for sale.

"It's unfortunate people would try to make money than reunite family members," Katelyn said.

Brendan called the seller, who agreed to return Cambria. They met at a neutral spot, Cambria lunging to get back to her owner.

Once back, she was a bit tired and thirsty but otherwise okay.

This small family has some advice for all pet owners this upcoming holiday: "Make sure you keep them secure, even if it takes putting them in a room away from the front door," Katelyn said. "I wish we'd done that."

The Humane Society of Utah also suggests you turn on music to mask the sound of fireworks and close the blinds to shut out flashing lights.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Bonnie, great dane

Bonnie lost and found
Graham Reeks
24th June 2010

Roz Feeney, from Maroochy River, is reunited with her great dane Bonnie after she was "lost and found" in the Daily pages.

Roz Feeney, from Maroochy River, is reunited with her great dane Bonnie after she was "lost and found" in the Daily pages.

DOGGED determination and a couple of “news hounds” have helped reunite a pet owner and her backyard escapee after some canine capers on the weekend.

Busy mineworker Roz Feeney started fretting when her beloved great dane Bonnie escaped from her property at Maroochy River.

But the wayward pooch was homeward bound yesterday thanks to two advertisements in the classified section of the Daily.

Roz was working as a driller in the Clermont mine in Central Queensland when the giant seven-year-old canine went AWOL with her other dog, Frank, a harlequin great dane.

“Frank went for a wander through a hole in the fence and Bonnie must have gone after him,” she said.

“She's never done that before.”

Roz's friend Ashton Kelly was dog-sitting at the time.

She felt so guilty she took the lead in the search, driving the local streets and putting up posters.

And Roz's neighbour began hounding bus drivers and churchgoers for clues to Bonnie's whereabouts.

“I was in Clermont and I have no signal on my phone in the pit,” Roz said.

“Even when I had just one bar (on my phone), I was looking at it and going, ‘Come on – phone'.

“I felt like my heart was breaking.”

Meanwhile, just up the street, dog lovers Bill and Jo Redman and their jack russell Charlie were getting to know a new four-legged friend.

“Somebody came around with her (Bonnie) in the back of a ute,” Bill said.

“And I wouldn't let him take her to the pound because it's my belief that anyone who comes to my house is my guest.

“There's not too many great danes around.

“And I'm known for keeping them (dogs) until someone picks them up.”

Bonnie received plenty of TLC at the Redman house, sleeping in comfort – complete with doggie blanket – on a sofa on the veranda overnight. Bill also made sure she was well fed with a bacon-and-egg breakfast.

Bonnie and the Redmans' relationship could have continued happily, but another of Roz's concerned friends, Dallas Lum, placed a lost notice in the Daily's Local Classifieds section while Bill placed a found notice on the same day.

Bill said he could hardly believe his eyes when the two notices were placed almost side by side on page 52 of yesterday's edition.

Roz was thankful the Coast has so many dog lovers willing to help bring a happy ending to the tale.

“I just had a call from a lady who saw the found ad in the paper saying it could be my dog,” she said.

“And I've had two or three calls from people saying they saw Bonnie at Dunethin Rock.”

Puppy love, it seems, knows no bounds.


Friday, July 16, 2010

Shami, poodle

Microchip enables dog to be reunited with owner after five years
by Melissa Pinion-Whitt
Mar 30, 2010

FONTANA - The filthy, matted and malnourished poodle that Jamie Simmons picked up from the north end of town on March 19 had no collar or tags. But despite the dog's condition, Simmons did what she always does as an animal control officer.

She scanned the dog for a microchip.

After making a phone call, Simmons was able put a name to a face.

"I put down the phone and called out her name," said Simmons, who works for the Fontana Police Department. "She lifted up her front legs and started doing a high-pitched whine."

It turned out that Shami, a champagne poodle, had either been stolen or ran away from her owner in Glendale five years ago. Emma Sevilla, then 11 years old, had received the dog on her birthday.

Simmons contacted Emma's mother and was able to reunite the dog with her family the day after the girl's 16th birthday.

Simmons said occasionally she runs into microchipped animals who have been away from their original owners for long periods of time. She found a pit bull in a Fontana backyard about six months ago. The dog belonged to someone in Illinois.

"I don't know how she got out here," she said.

But the duration between Shami's disappearance and reunification is the longest she's seen in her career.

"Thankfully with the microchip and the numbers, we were able to reunite the dog with the owners," she said.

It's a simple, and fairly inexpensive step pet owners can take, yet some companies claim that only 3 percent to 4 percent of dogs and less than 1 percent of cats that wind up in shelters are microchipped, she said.

Linda Sevilla, who bought her daughter her dog for $350 from a breeder in Big Bear Lake, said she had the veterinarian implant a microchip when the dog was getting her shots.

She has three adopted daughters, including one with autism. She gave all three of them dogs, because she's a believer in the therapeutic qualities animals have.

But about a day before Emma returned from a camping trip, Shami vanished.

Linda Sevilla put up fliers and visited animal shelters, but there was no sign.

"In the meantime, I've tried to replace this dog for Emma. I've given her two other dogs on her birthday and she really hasn't wanted to bond with them," Sevilla said.

On March 19, a Fontana resident found the dog wandering through a neighborhood and took her home. She was skinny and covered in clumps of matted fur.

Simmons scanned the dog for a chip and six phone numbers popped up, including Sevilla's.

Linda Sevilla came to the animal shelter the next day.

"I've never seen a poodle that bad," she said.

But after a few shampoos and a shave, Shami's back to her tail- wagging self.

And Emma Sevilla finally got to see her dog again.

"Now that Shami's home, she's much happier," she said.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ram, German Shepherd

Family Reunites with Missing Dog in Las Vegas
Jul 14, 2010

LAS VEGAS - A lost German shepherd is on his way home after going missing for more than a month. A family passing through Las Vegas lost the dog while staying in a hotel.

Ram was missing for 37 days. His family stopped in Las Vegas during a cross-country trip from California to Iowa. Ram and the family's other dog somehow got out of their hotel room. The family found the other dog, but didn't find Ram.

The family stayed three extra days searching the streets of Las Vegas. They posted flyers across the valley and searched local animal shelters. They were forced to leave without their 6-year-old German shepherd, when their search turned up nothing. Through the help of volunteer searchers and e-mails with rescue groups, however, the family was able to continue looking for Ram.

On Tuesday, they found their long-lost dog.

"When I saw him, it was like he had come back to life, because in my heart, I thought he was gone," said Ram's owner Katie McGuinness. "The dogs are a part of the family. So now, it will feel like home." McGuinness says she and her family are grateful for everyone who helped bring him home.

"I just can't believe for a city that has a reputation for being a hard place, the heart of the volunteers who have come forward to help us," she said.

Despite being lost for more than a month, the family says Ram is in good health. They say he only lost a little bit of weight and had a couple of street wounds, but nothing too serious. The family plans to fly back to Iowa first thing Wednesday morning.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Eli (Ellie)

My lost dog and some kind strangers & friends
By aschae, Mountain Top Natural Pets
Oct 14, 2008

My earlier post regarding the kinds of people you meet when your dog is lost, touched a nerve with me. Having experienced this first hand I found it the perfect opportunity to share….

Although I have yet to share the true story of Eli and her 4-day romp through the Catskill Mountains I can say that one of the most amazing things to me during that time was the people we met and the willingness they had to help us search.

Eli was lost near public access area to state land and a beautiful lake, Colgate Lake. There are not only usually hunters, but hikers, fisherman and weather permitting, flocks of people come here to swim & boat. Eli was lost in the fall, during hunting season so there were a lot less people around.

One day during our search my husband ran into a guy and his dog who just came to check out the lake and he ended up driving my husband around for hours and hours, into the night, searching, asking people if they had seen her & hanging signs.

I met some people in a field who asked if they could do a prayer circle which we literally just took hands right there as we met and asked for help to find our puppy (she was only 10 months at the time).

The store owner down the road from the lake was taking notes and info and asking people as they stopped in. In fact he is the one who told me where she had been spotted over and over again. We hung flyers and spoke to so many kind people who could see the desperation on our faces as the days went on. Friends drove up and in groups of 4-6 people we would hike off into the woods and walk miles and miles calling her name. They announced it on our local radio station and asked people to help search for our Eli! We had someone there searching and calling her name for 4 days, 24 hours a day, until we found her and brought her home. Sadly, she has never been the same dog since that weekend….

The best I do have to say never actually got to play out, but my sister and her then boyfriend, now husband, both worked for the County Sheriff’s Dept. As Eli was lost over the weekend my sister watched helplessly as there was just nothing more could do that we werent already doing. What I didn't know until later was that Monday morning they asked the county for approval to bring the Ulster County Search & Rescue dogs and handlers up to search for my Eli. By the time they got approval that afternoon I had already called to announce that after 4 long days, I had found her.

One other random thought about that day….. we pronounce Eli as “Ellie” but after we found her we realized a small problem… all these people who were kind strangers, found themselves yelling ELI all day to a dog who would probably not respond anyway to that unfamiliar name! Not that it probably would have done much good, but still something intersting to note if you own a dog who’s name might not be pronounced as it is “normally” spelled.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Roxy, pug

Man reunites with lost dog

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A former U.S. Marine has been reunited with his dog after she went missing over two years ago.

Man and man's best friend have been reunited. "It's a good feeling," said Zadesky Vega. "It's been two years. Hopefully, she won't get lost again."
Vega lost his then 9-month-old Pug Roxy after she escaped out the door of his mother's house in Southwest Miami-Dade. "I don't know, she just got out the front door, and they took her, we spoke to some neighbors who say they saw someone take her in a truck," said Vega.
Vega put up fliers around the neighborhood, but after months of searching for Roxy he had given up. "Two years, I didn't think I would ever see her again," said Vega.
Two years went by, and Vega had all but forgotten about his little Pug. He even got a new one, E.T., thinking he'd never see Roxy again.
Roxy was found on the street by a Good Samaritan who brought her into Miami-Dade Animal Services on Sunday. Lucky for Roxy, Vega had implanted a microchip in her. "The microchip is implanted between their shoulder blades, under the skin right here, and we take a scanner and run it over their backs, and we get a number, and we call the microchip company, and that's how we connected Roxy with her owner," said Dr. Sara Pizano, Director of Miami-Dade Animal Services.
Now, Roxy is back home with dad and some new additions to the family. "I'm sure she recognizes me, but its been two years, so I'm sure she's wondering what happened as well," said Vega.


Another version of the story:

Dog Reunited With Owner After 2 Years
Microchip Helps Animal Control Reconnect Dog & Owner
June 2, 2010

MIAMI -- A dog lost from its home two years ago was reunited with her owner on Tuesday, WPLG-TV in Miami reported.

Someone brought Roxy to Miami-Dade Animal Services after the pug was found dumped in Hialeah.

She was scanned, and a microchip was found.

"There's a number that comes up, and that number is kept in a database at the microchip company," said Dr. Sara Pizano from Miami-Dade Animal Services. "So, when we actually got somebody on the phone, we were really excited to reunite them."

Roxy's owner, Zadesky Vega, said that after six months passed, he never thought he would see Roxy again.

"I don't think there are too many stories where someone finds their dog," Vega said.

Most veterinarian offices can install a tracking chip. Vets said that keeping the information updated is critical to being reunited with your pet if it is lost or stolen.

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Sophie, pomeranian

Bonnie Hays Shelter in Hillsboro reuniting lost dog with Arizona owner
Friday, July 09, 2010, 4:50 PM

Sophie the Pomeranian will be heading home to Arizona on Saturday.

It sounds like a tale from a Disney movie. An adorable 6-pound Pomeranian somehow made her way from Phoenix, Arizona to Hillsboro,Oregon. “Sophie went missing from her home last November. We can only guess where she’s been in her journey to our shelter,” says Deborah Wood, manager of Animal Services for Washington County.

Sophie was brought in as a stray to the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter on Wednesday morning. “We scan every stray animal that comes here for a microchip, and happily Sophie had one,” says Wood. The chip manufacturer gave the shelter the dog’s owner’s phone number. “It took a while for our shelter technician to understand what the owner was saying - she was hard to hear through her happy tears,” says Wood.

“Owner Shannon Reyes was completely committed to getting her dog, no matter what it took,” says Wood. The problem: Reyes’ husband had recently lost his job, and the family was figuring out how to get the dog from Oregon to Arizona with limited finances.

A Phoenix, Arizona television station picked up on the story - and help poured in. “A Phoenix viewer arranged for Shannon’s airfare to Oregon,” says Wood. A woman from California who saw the story on the Internet called the shelter and volunteered to pay for the dog’s redemption fees at Bonnie Hays. “Everyone’s heart went out to this little dog and her owner who loves her so much,” says Wood.

Reyes will pick up her dog at the shelter on Saturday.

Washington County Animal Services says there are important lessons in this story with a happy ending:

***MICROCHIP YOUR PETS: “Sophie is being reunited with her owner because she was microchipped,” says Wood. Every year, the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter reunites about 1200 animals with their owners - and microchips are the leading way to match people with their pets.

***IF YOU FIND A LOST ANIMAL, TAKE IT TO YOUR COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER. “We will probably never know exactly what happened, but the chances are that Sophie got loose somehow from her home, and someone picked her up. They probably thought they were helping a dog that no one cared about,” says Wood. Lost dogs quickly look unkempt and unloved. “Most people desperately want their lost pets back. The best way to do that is to take the dog to a shelter.”


Another version of the story . . .

Tiny pooch on a big trip to be reunited with owners
By KATU News
Jul 9, 2010


HILLSBORO, Ore. - A tiny dog disappeared from its home in Arizona months ago and now, it has somehow ended up in Oregon. The Reyes family in Arizona had all but given up hope until they received a phone call from the shelter Wednesday.

Sophie - a 1-year-old Pomeranian - was turned in to the Bonnie L. Hays small animal shelter in Hillsboro on Wednesday.

She vanished from her Chandler, Arizona home in November and somehow made it all the way to Hillsboro - over 1,300 miles away.

The Reyes family had all but given up hope until they received a phone call from the shelter Wednesday.

“We were able to tell her that Sophie was here, safe-and-sound, getting great care and we just had to figure out how to get Sophie back to her people” shelter worker Debbie Wood said.

Long before she disappeared, Sophie’s owners had an ID chip embedded under her skin.

The shelter scanned her, just like it does for every dog that is turned in, and the chip led back to Sophie’s family.

They plan to pick her up on Saturday.


Friday, July 9, 2010

Jack, JRT

Jack's back! Dog lost in Ireland is found five years on... in England
By Nick Craven
Last updated at 8:25 AM on 29th June 2010

Holding a pair of Jacks: Michael Neary with his nine-year-old (left) and four-year-old pets

When his beloved Jack Russell terrier went missing during a visit to Ireland five years ago, Michael Neary was devastated.

And after a year, he decided there was a hole in his life that only another dog could fill.

The plant fitter from Morpeth, Northumberland, bought one of his pet's brothers from a subsequent litter by the same parents - giving him the same name of Jack.

Holding a pair of Jacks: Michael Neary with his nine-year-old (left) and four-year-old pets

Last week, however, he was stunned to receive a call saying that Jack Mark One was alive and well at an animal shelter in Cambridgeshire.

Now aged nine, he had been found in Ireland and sent to England in a consignment of dogs for re-homing.
Staff at the Wood Green Animal Shelter near Huntingdon found he was microchipped with Mr Neary's telephone number and address.

'I couldn't believe he'd been found after five years away,' said the divorced father of two.
'My son James went to collect him straight away, and it all seemed a bit unreal until I actually saw Jack again.

'At first, he was a bit wary, but then after a short while he started looking at me with his head cocked, and he certainly looked like he was thinking, "I know this guy".

'Then within a day and a half, he was playing his favourite game of grabbing hold of the end of my trouser leg and letting me drag him around the house.

'For five years I've been telling people that microchips on dogs are a waste of money.

Now I'm eating a big slice of humble pie.

'As for the other Jack, he doesn't know what's going on. When I call "Jack," they both come running with their tails wagging, and I'm not sure how I'm going to sort that one out.

'I think they're beginning to establish a pecking order with the older one at the top. I might start calling the first one Jack and the second one Jackie.'

A spokesman for the animal shelter said: 'Jack's story has amazed us all.

'We've had a few cases where it took several months for an owner to be reunited with their dog, but never anything like five years.

'Without a microchip, Jack would never have found his way back to his family.'

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Monet, Australian cattle dog

Missing service dog reunited with owner in Simi Valley
By Sigourney Nuñez, Ventura County Star
Posted July 7, 2010 at 5:14 p.m.

Monet, a service dog who went missing after Simi Valley’s Fourth of July fireworks, has been reunited with her owner.

“I haven’t slept more than a couple of hours at a time since she was gone,” said Tracy Brown, owner of the Australian cattle dog.

Monet was found about 3 miles from Rancho Santa Susana Park, where Brown was watching the fireworks show with his 2-year-old grandson when the dog bolted. He was reunited with the dog Wednesday at a residence on Royal Street.

Brown said Monet followed an irrigation ditch, eventually leading her to the Royal backyard. The owners of the home said they gave the dog water right away and posted fliers the next day.

“There was a leash attached to her collar, and it (the dog) had been obviously taken care of,” said resident Anne Wagar.

Although Monet had a collar, she did not have tags. Friends of the Wagars recognized the dog from fliers that Brown also had distributed and were able to contact him.

“We kind of just put two and two together,” Wagar said.

“I actually made a friend out here,” Brown said.

Brown lives in Arizona and came to Simi Valley to house-sit his brother’s home. He could not return home without his service dog. Brown broke his back in 1990 and has had several spinal surgeries and knee replacements.

“She’s my ears and my eyes,” he said of Monet.

Brown said he got several misleading and bogus calls before he connected with the family on Royal.

“She won’t be going to any more firework shows,” Brown said. “I had her acclimated to gunfire, sirens and emergency vehicles, but they never covered explosions.”

Monet did suffer a small injury on her foot and was limping but is generally healthy, he said.

“I’m just glad to have her with me. She hasn’t left me out of her sight,” he said.

Brown said he is thankful for the support and help he received from the community.

“We’ll definitely be heading home now,” he said.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Jet, pug

Teesside dog-owner reunited with missing pet
May 27 2010 by Naomi Corrigan, Evening Gazette

THE owners of a cherished pet pug spoke of their relief after he was returned home safely.

Jet, with Fiona

Tim and Marion Miller and daughter Fiona were distraught when Jet disappeared during an evening walk in the grounds of Ormesby Hall.

Believing he had been snatched, Fiona, 31, of Nunthorpe, immediately contacted police but shortly afterwards her parents received a call from a man claiming someone tried to sell him the three-year-old dog for £150.

The frantic family searched the streets and placed over 300 posters up in the area and luckily, after two long days, the family were reunited with Jet when a woman called to say she found him wandering.

Fiona believes Jet was initially stolen before he was found.

“It was absolutely horrendous,” she said, “I was walking him with his brother Jovi and my Staffy Molly. I turned my back for a few seconds and he was gone. It’s not like him to wander.

“We have been told he was stolen. People have told us who it was. It’s disgusting what some people will do to make money. They’d sell their own grandma.”

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said inquiries are ongoing into the dog’s possible theft.

Stealing dogs to sell them on is increasing in the UK. A third of dogs reported missing are recorded as stolen.

Cleveland Police have reports of seven dogs stolen since January. More are missing but are believed to be lost or escaped.

Earlier this month, a puppy was stolen from a property in Saltersgill Avenue and in April, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier was taken from a garden in Grove Hill.

Three tiny puppies were also stolen during a walk-in burglary in Hemlington in January.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Scrappy, small poodle

Woman reunited with pup after bizarre dognapping
Darci Marchese
February 17, 2010 - 5:09pm

With Montgomery County Police Cpl. Dan Fritz in the background - holds her beloved dog

SILVER SPRING, Md. - A woman has been reunited with her pet after a bizarre case of dognapping involving ransom.

Gloria Chicas' 1-year-old poodle, "Scrappy," has been through quite an ordeal.

On Sunday morning, Chicas left her two dogs, Scrappy and Scooby, outside in her Silver Spring backyard. When she went to check on them 15 minutes later, they were gone.

Soon after, Chicas says she got a phone call from a man identifying himself as "Matt." "Matt" said he had her dogs and demanded she meet him at a nearby T.G.I Friday's restaurant with money.

When he didn't show up, Chicas called Montgomery County Police.

While officers were driving to Chicas' home, they found her 2 1/2-year-old golden retriever, Scooby, who had been struck by a car and killed.

Police say "Matt" continued to call Chicas throughout the day demanding money. An officer posing as Chicas' cousin agreed to meet "Matt" and bring $300 in ransom at a McDonald's on Cherry Hill Road.

When "Matt" saw a police car at the meeting place, he ran to a nearby Friendly's restaurant. Officers found him in a bathroom stall and arrested him.

Once he was in police custody, "Matt" - who was later identified as 21-year-old Najie Shabay Walker of Silver Spring - told officers Scrappy was in his sister's car in a nearby parking lot.

Scrappy, who was not harmed, was reunited with Chicas.

Walker is charged with theft under $1,000 and another theft charge related to the case. Cpl. Dan Fritz says additional charges are pending.

At a press conference Wednesday, Chicas began to cry when officers showed a photo of her other dog, Scooby.

Chicas calls Walker a "dangerous" person, and says she doesn't want any money from him -- just for him to be in jail.

Fritz says he's never seen a case quite like this in his 16-year career.


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Shadow, black lab

Lost dog finds his way home
By Nancy White, GateHouse News Service
Posted Feb 18, 2010 @ 11:57 AM

Shadow, a seven-year-old, 90-pound black lab, had the adventure of a lifetime when he escaped from his backyard last Friday. He was missing from his family, the Dicksons of King Street, for four days before being reunited with his family on Tuesday.

Cohasset — There is a “miracle dog” among us.

Shadow, a seven-year-old, 90-pound black lab, made a great escape from this invisibly fenced yard last Friday morning.

For the next two days and nights he made his way through Wompatuck State Park – braving the cold, wild animals and whatever else Mother Nature threw at him. On Sunday afternoon he had traveled all the way to Hingham Centre on Route 228.

There he stumbled upon a bit of luck. Passersby and a neighbor in the area spotted the lab and after much coaxing was able to leash him. Then began the challenge of locating its owner.

Shadow, who is the beloved pet of the Dicksons of King Street, is big and tall, even by Labrador retriever standards. His coat is short and silky and he absolutely hates the cold, owner Kelly Dickson said.

He also will do anything for food, Dickson said. He has escaped from the invisible fence a few times before through a weak spot in the backyard, but had always returned within an hour -- after taking a peek through the neighbor’s trash cans.

At first when Shadow disappeared from the yard, they figured he would return on his own. But, when he didn’t return by nightfall, that’s when they got worried. The Dicksons started making phone calls alerting the Cohasset police and the Animal Control Officers in Cohasset and nearby towns. They called local vets and the Scituate Animal Shelter.

They tracked his big paw prints to a birdfeeder in Kendall Village. They drove up and down Route 3A looking for him.

“I told my daughter, ‘he’s a big boy, we’re going to be able to spot him,” Dickson said. Friends jumped in to lend their resources and networks to spread the word about Shadow. Signs went up alerting people of the lost lab.

Family friend Dama Dow and her family aided in the search and posted messages and pictures on Facebook, which included dozens of Cohasset resident friends. E-mails were sent out to different networks to alert people of the missing down. St. Stephen’s, the Dicksons’ church, pitched in to spread the word.

“It was a really nice community effort that went into this, I can’t even tell you,” Dickson said.

Then on Tuesday the Cohasset Police dispatcher Chris Grant received a call from Hingham resident Brendon Potter. They had found a black lab near their home in central Hingham.

Potter and his wife, Jane, spotted the black lab outside their home on Sunday afternoon.

“Nobody was around him and he looked confused and spooked,” Potter said of his first encounter with Shadow. An unknown Cohasset family pulled over to try to coax the dog to safety. Shadow bolted, cut through yards, and went around the block. Potter joined the effort with a leash and eventually they were able to get Shadow. He brought him home; it was clear almost immediately Shadow was a loved dog who was really scared and spooked.

Potter began to call around to see if a missing dog had been reported. With Monday being a holiday and many vets and animal control officers out of the office, he put up signs on Route 228 saying “Dog Found.”

Meanwhile, Shadow settled in, ate some dog food and nestled in some blankets. On an attempt to reach the Cohasset Animal Control Officer Paul Murphy, Potter was put in touch with the police dispatcher Chris Grant who put two and two together.

Dickson was put in touch with Potter, who made sure they were talking about the same dog. Shadow’s tall stature, silky black hair, the dislike of the cold, the invisible fence collar were the telltale signs.

“He is just the sweetest, sweetest dog,” Potter said.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Dicksons were at last reunited with Shadow.

“When we brought Shadow out of the house, boy was he happy! There was no doubt he knew them,” Potter said. “We were so thrilled to have him reunited with his family, that was our goal.”

Dickson said she regrets not having Shadow wear his collar and tags. His invisible fence collar is large, making it difficult for him to wear two collars.

“I was stupid, I could have saved everybody so much heartache,” Dickson said. She and her family have already gone to the pet supply store to get him and his golden lab sister, Lexi, new collars and have ordered tags.

But, perhaps, she knew all along Shadow would find a way back to them.

“This dog can survive anything. He’s bitten through nine volts batteries, eats chocolate like there is no tomorrow, eaten a refrigerator’s worth of food,” Dickson said. “He’s a character.”

Dickson reported Shadow is “no worse for the wear.”

“He has no cuts, scratches, just a few thistles on his back end,” Dickson said, as she watched him lounge on her bed. “He is happy to be home. This is a happy ending.”