A Siberian Husky named Nike may have been a dog gone after he got lost as a puppy five years ago, but he was certainly never forgotten.
Tucson owner Zuleica Sans and her family still kept pictures of the perky pup on their fridge all these years, but they also figured that would be all they would ever see of him.
They were wrong.
More than half a decade after getting lost, Nike ended up last week at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona when someone found him near East 22nd Street and Prudence Road as a stray – but he didn’t stay that way for long.
His microchip info pointed to the Sans family as his owners and Society staff gave them a call. Of course, Zuleica and her mother hightailed it down to the Kelvin Boulevard shelter.
“Nike and Zuleica recognized each other instantly in a beautiful reunion that unfolded with hugs, smiles, a wagging tail, and cheers all around,” noted the news release announcing the turn of events.
“He looks exactly the same,” Zuleica Sans said upon their reunion, “just bigger.”
The family, too, had gotten bigger. Nike was brought home to an expanded brood that now includes a Chihuahua and a Shih Tzu.
No one knows where Nike had been all that time, but he apparently did OK.
He initially got loose after jumping the fence, but now Zeluica and crew live in a home with a more secure yard.
The Sans also got one more added bonus – they didn’t even have to pay the adoption fee to get Nike back, although he did have to be licensed with the county for $15.50.
“Now safe and sound, Nike’s story serves as a great reminder of the importance of properly identifying your pets and the inspiring power of unconditional love,” the release said.
Nike is not the only dog gone that was recently reunited with its family thanks to a microchip.
A Weimaraner named Jake was stolen as a puppy from a Michigan backyard seven years ago – and reunited with his owners earlier this year.
The Davis family, of Lake Orion, got a phone call from Kentucky saying microchip info on a now-grown Weimaraner was pointing back to the Davis family.
At first Brad Davis did not believe the call telling him his dog was found. After all, the family got a new dog just three months before and the dog was at their home. But when the caller mentioned the microchip, Brad told the host on his “The Early Show” appearance, “Right then, I knew it was Jake from seven years ago.”
Microchips, which are about the size of a grain of rice, are inserted into the scruff of the dog’s neck between the shoulders. The information on the chip includes a 10-character identification number registered with a service that keeps records on microchipped pets.
Hand-held scanners read the info and, voila, you hopefully get your pet back.
Inserting a microchip is quick, painless and relatively cheap – especially compared to those priceless reunions.
Where to get a microchip:
Humane Society of Southern Arizona
The Society offers microchipping during normal business hours at the shelter, 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd, as well as at its vaccination clinics. CLICK here for clinic schedule or visit: http://www.hssaz.org/site/PageServer?pagename=as_vaccinations
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