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Deaf 16-Year-Old Dog Miraculously Reunited with Family After Going Missing for 5 Years

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An amazing story of faith and hope has shown up in Oldham County, Kentucky. A story that might remind you of the film “Homeward Bound.”

Remember how Shadow, Chance and Sassy found their way home after all hope seemed lost? That is nothing compared to the five years one pup was away from his family.

Army is a 16-year-old deaf Jack Russell terrier. The sweet dog was adopted by the Parsons family in March of 2003.

Sadly, Army went missing in 2014. He had been microchipped and his owner, Janece Parsons, kept her information up to date, despite each year that passed with no sign of her beloved pet.

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Technology has brought us a long way, but it isn’t fool proof. Parsons wondered if the microchip really mattered.

When she had her “homeward bound” moment, everything seemed worth it.

“It’s indescribable,” Parsons told WLKY. “It’s like a family member that’s been gone for a really long time.”

Now, five years later, Army is safe in his owner’s arms again. And it’s all thanks to that microchip that had been implanted.

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“To me, at first, I was like was this a waste? You know, did I microchip for no reason?” Parsons told WLKY. “Well now I’ve got my answer.”

When Hardin County Animal Control called Parsons and told her that Army had been found, her relief was paramount.

Army had gone missing in Hardin County. Even after a search and passing out flyers, Army and the Parsons’s other missing dog “Leia” were nowhere to be seen.

“(Army and Leia) were scared off while visiting a home in Upton,” Friends of Hardin County Animal Shelter wrote on Facebook. “They were microchipped (more to come on that) and the family faithfully kept their information up-to-date on the microchip database.”

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Army and Parsons’ newest pup Roxie are becoming acquainted day by day. Army may be older, but he is still just as loved as the day he became a part of the Parsons family. Maybe there is still hope for Leia to find her way home too.

Friends of Hardin County Animal Shelter urges pet owners not to take microchipping lightly.

“If you find a stray, always check with the shelter. Always check for a microchip,” they wrote on Facebook.

“And about microchips — obviously they are key, as is keeping your address and phone number up-to-date. Army sure is lucky his family decided to never give up hope.”

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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