Shoppers Baffled By Tiny Dog Found Wandering Around Walmart
Marilyn Caylor 6/23/2017
When the family doggy flies the coop, there's usually a mad scramble to find the furry escapee. With any luck, the dog is quickly found and reunited with their rightful family.
But, what happens after so much time passes? Do you just give up on your four-legged friend?
When their dog Trixie Love went missing almost three years ago, Tammy and Thad Crews certainly didn't give up... at least, not at first. Sadly, the endless searching, knocking on doors, and offers of reward money came up with nothing.
After a couple of years had passed, the family from Bowling Green, Kentucky, resigned themselves to the fact that Trixie would never be coming back home.
That's when they received a phone call from 2,200 miles away...
Most dog owners know that their pooch is more than just an animal, they are part of the family! Losing a pet is like losing a part of yourself.
So, when Tammy and Thad's fur baby went missing in January of 2015, they were besides themselves with worry. She had just come out of surgery, and needed to be given life-saving medication. Time was not on their side!
Yet, months went by without a single Trixie sighting, and Tammy came to the sad realization that her dog was probably gone for good.
Then it happened. Although it took a good two and a half years, Tammy was about to receive the happiest news of her life!
Trixie had a microchip inserted when she was just a puppy, which contained important contact information. When Tammy received a phone call from her vet last month, she couldn't believe what she was hearing!
"The vet said they'd gotten a call from California... Thad probably thought someone had died, because I was just so overwhelmed."
It turns out that the white Maltese pooch had been found wandering aimlessly in a Walmart parking lot. Only, this wasn't a local neighborhood Walmart - it was 2,200 miles away in Turlock, California!
The family believe the beautiful dog was stolen from their front yard, but they have no idea how she ended up in California.
The woman who found Trixie turned her over to the Turlock Animal Shelter, where staff lovingly cared for and fed the adorable doggy. That's when her microchip revealed that she had a family thousands of miles away who sorely missed their pooch.
While the news was absolutely wonderful, there was a new problem - how were Tammy and Thad supposed to get their gorgeous doggy back home?
Tammy paid for Trixie's plane ticket, but Turlock isn't near a major airport. Thankfully, the local police department stepped in to help. A kind police officer went out of his way to drive the elderly Maltese to Sacramento - nearly two hours away!
The lucky dog was then flown to Nashville, Tennessee, where Tammy and Thad were waiting to cuddle with their long-lost pup. When Trixie stepped out of her pet carrier, she instantly recognized her old family, and proceeded to dole out lots of happy doggy kisses!
Trixie is finally settling back into her old home, which comes with all the hugs and kisses she could ever want. That also includes snuggles from the family's three other dogs, who happily welcomed Trixie back into the fold.
"Our story wouldn't have happened if everyone hadn't done what they did, including us micro-chipping our dog. It's the happiest ending this story could have."
This story has such a great ending, but Tammy wants to emphasize that micro-chipping your pets can mean the difference between having a bad "ending" or a happy one.
Watch this video to see touching footage of their reunion!
Wow, what an amazing story! Although the owner's don't know what happened to Trixie during those missing years, they're certainly glad to have her back home.