Friday, August 19, 2011

Tank, yorkie

Roanoke Dog Found Safe and Sound in North Carolina
Mark Kelly
Posted: Aug 16, 2011 10:31 PM EDT

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Lynchburg, VA - Losing your only pet can be devastating. But, a Roanoke woman was able to get hers back days later after finding it in another state. Tuesday, pet and owner were reunited.

Tank had been missing for three days. One minute, he was outside with his owner, and the next, he was gone.

Spencer Stephan says her Teacup Yorkie may just weigh three pounds, but missing him for three days really weighed on her heart. Spencer Stephen says, after two years together, three days without little Tank felt like forever.

"I'm just glad that he's back. Because he's the one that sleeps with me every night," said Stephan.

This isn't a one-sided love; Tank has taken the separation pretty hard too.

"He's usually really perky. He acted like he was sick, so it wasn't our Tank," said Chelsea Andrews, Stephan's relative who brought Tank from North Carolina to Stephan as she was driving through.

But this is the real Tank. Owners identify him by his quiet temperament. Tank, they say, rarely barks, and has never wandered off before.

"I thought he was a goner," said Stephan.

And, he could've been, if not for Paul Garver from North Carolina making a pit stop in Roanoke on Saturday. There, a total stranger asked Garver if he'd like a yorkie.

"She said, 'It's a cute little Yorkie.' She said, 'I found it along the road and I don't know what to do with it. Could you help?'" said Garver.

Paul said sure, and took Tank home to Sanford, North Carolina. There, he went online to find Tank's owner - and he did.

"I clicked on it a couple times, and lo and behold, here's a picture of the dog we have in our house,"said Garver.

Garver called Stephan in Roanoke.

"I said, 'I've got good news and bad news for ya. The good news is your dog is safe, the bad news is it's in North Carolina," said Garver.

"He had him in North Carolina. I was like 'O my gosh,'" said Stephan.

But, a 150 miles couldn't keep the two apart. Stephan and Tank did come together, and everyone's prayers were answered.

"We prayed every night as a family. I know people might think that's weird. But that's how I feel," said Stephan.

Spencer says this was a tough year for her and her family. She recently lost her brother, so losing Tank was hard to bare.

Garver in North Carolina says if he didn't find Tank's owner, he would've kept him. Tank, he says, is a great Yorkie.

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