An Alabama family was reunited with a dog it lost nearly a decade ago, but family members had to travel to Colorado to retrieve him.
Lloyd Goldston told KUSA News he and his family were living in Tennessee nine years ago when their 1-year-old boxer mix, Boozer, went missing.
“We were moving at the time and so we didn't have a lot of time that we could invest in searching all these neighborhoods that we were in,” Goldston said.
And, strangely enough, it was another move that brought Boozer back to the family.
The dog’s latest owner had reportedly moved to Denver, Colorado, and could no longer care for him. So the owner turned Boozer over to an animal shelter. That shelter did a microchip scan on him and tracked his origins back to Tennessee. After some additional investigating, the shelter found Goldston and told him it had his long lost dog.
“My reaction when I found out was I cried,” Goldston said. “Especially when they sent the first picture of him.”
The father of two said he and his kids hopped in their car and drove the 18 hours to Golden, Colorado, to pick up Boozer.
KUSA was on hand for the reunion.
“You’re beautiful,” Goldston said through tears, hugging the dog in the lobby of the shelter. “Yes you are. Yes you are. We both got older, we’re gray. You want to go home?”
Goldston said the family kept of an album of photos of Boozer all these years.
“He was never gone,” he said. “He was always in our hearts. We never forgot him.”
News of the reunion that was nine years in the making came just months after another happy ending for a dog that was missing in Florida for seven years.
That’s how long it took for Julie Arango and her 19-year-old daughter Celina Papas to be reunited with their lost Boston terrier, Lola, WBFS News reported in June.
Arango, who lives in Homestead, Florida said she “had goosebumps all over” when she got a call from a woman named Linda Gall, saying she had her lost dog. At first, Arango said, she couldn’t believe it.
“She was adamant,” Arango said, of the phone call with Gall. “She goes, ‘No. You’re Julie. And you had a Boston terrier and her name was Lola.’”
Arango said Lola had escaped long ago by digging under a fence.
Gall, an animal advocate, recovered Lola only recently when she adopted her after responding to a Craigslist ad in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. When Gall took the dog into to have her scanned for a microchip she realized the animal was registered to Arango.
Both women agreed it pays to have dogs microchipped but it is important to keep the chip information updated.
But, Arango said, she couldn’t be happier.
“Even though it’s been seven years, we’re gonna pick up right where we left off,” she said.