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Owners Stunned When Dog That Went Missing 5 Years Ago Is Found Wandering in Parking Lot


Losing a pet hurts. One day, you have a faithful friend who’s always there by your side.

The next, the companion has vanished into thin air. And I think part of what makes pet disappearances so devastating is the knowledge that they rarely return.

Accidents, attacks from other animals, fatal illnesses — the list of things that make a pet vanish is long and usually permanent.

Every once in a while, though, Fido or Fifi somehow makes his or her way home.

Just consider cases like Buck, a dog who turned up at the apartment Sarah Euliano. The Oviedo, Florida, resident discovered the canine clawing at her door in early July.

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She posted info about him on Facebook and got a phone call asking if the dog had an extra claw. Sure enough, he did, and it turned out that Buck had vanished two years ago during a storm.

“I still, to this day, will check the shelters every week and see if I recognize his face anywhere,” the owner told WOFL in an interview from Pennsylvania, where she moved after the storm. “Every night, before I go to bed, I wonder if he’s warm, if he’s safe.”

Buck isn’t the only pet to be found after going missing for so long.

A Labrador named Abby managed to find her family, too. Interestingly enough, Abby was microchipped, but that didn’t stop her from disappearing — for 10 years.

In 2008, Abby ran away from her home in Apollo, Pennsylvania, and her owner, Debra Suierveld, eventually came to believe that her jet-black doggie had died. But lo and behold, Fox News reported in February that Abby showed up a decade later a mere 10 miles from her home.

A rescue shelter was able to identify her thanks to the microchip, and soon she was reunited with Suierveld. Wherever Abby had been, someone had taken excellent care of her, because she was in wonderful health.

And in a stunning, recent case in Connecticut, a dachshund named Lady, who became a tramp when she vanished five years ago, got a new lease on her old life. Her owners, Rick and Michelle Riendeau, had feared the sausage dog was long dead.

About the time that Lady disappeared, they’d been living near a wooded area. They feared that wild animals had done her in.

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“We thought she was gone,” Rick told the Norwich Bulletin. “She’s the greatest dog we’ve ever had.”

Fortunately, the Riendeaus, of Brooklyn, Connecticut, had the foresight to embed a microchip under Lady’s skin.

When an Assistant Animal Control Officer in Norwich, Connecticut, named Donna Gremminger spied Lady in the parking lot of a park on Sept. 27, she brought the dog in to the pound.

In no time at all, the authorities had the name and address of her owners. Rick got a call at work on Monday that the dog he feared dead was really alive — found near a park about 20 miles from his home.

Rick is excited for his kids to reunite with Lady and said, “Our kids are in their 20s now, married with kids of their own. I really hope she gets along with the grandkids.”

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A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine.
A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine. Most days find him crafting copy for corporate and small-business clients, but he also occasionally indulges in creative writing. His short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines. Loren currently lives in south Florida with his wife and three children.
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