Lifestyle & Human Interest

Owner Overcome with Emotion After Being Reunited with Dog Missing 6 Years


The first few days after losing a dog are often the most frantic, as the worried owners blast social media with photos and requests for information if anyone sees their pup. They visit local shelters, scour the local neighborhoods and put up flyers in hopes that someone will see something and say something.

If the days turn into weeks, the doubt starts to creep in more. When weeks turn to months, hope dwindles. After a few years, most people assume their pet has either passed on or become part of someone else’s family.

So when stories like this one come along, it’s beautiful because it’s so unusual: It’s what every owner of a lost dog hopes will happen to them.

A post on the Norman Community Page for Norman, Oklahoma, was what started things off. A black and white pup was pictured sitting in a Walmart cart, his muzzle grayed and a sprinkle of white hairs above his eyes.

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“I’m lost! I need my parents,” the original post from a Walmart assistant manager read. “I wandered into Walmart on Classen Blvd. Come get me!”

According to the same post, a woman named Deb Melser came to check if the dog had a microchip. What followed has been recorded on Melser’s own Facebook page.

“I can’t believe I was part of something pretty amazing tonight,” Melser shared on April 18. “So, a dog walks into Walmart through the cart section – LOL – sounds like the beginning of a joke, right? True story, though.”

“I volunteer to scan him for a microchip. Drive over to Walmart, where a very kind woman, the assistant manager of the store, has him in her office.”

“Lo and behold, he HAS a chip!! Call the chip company and got owner info. First number was incorrect. Second number worked, and this lady’s mom said, she doesn’t think her daughter has that dog anymore.”

“Sandy, the nice manager, said she would be willing to take him home and house him temporarily until his owner was connected.”

It didn’t take long until his owner called them back with an incredible story.

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“Kimberly, who the chip is registered to, called and said she lost him 6 YEARS ago!!!! 6 YEARS!!! She looked everywhere for him, but had given up hope! Well, here’s the ending of this story…”

The photos say it all: The woman embracing and kissing her long-lost dog, clearly emotional.

Not everyone gets a second chance with their pet, but thanks to some kind people and a chip-reading volunteer, this dog was able to get back where he belonged — even if it took six years.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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