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07 January 2011 @ 10:46 pm
After 17 Months....  
I was jumping with my kids (literally in the jump castle) at one of the indoor places here when my phone rang this morning. I didn't recognize the number, but answered it anyways to find out it was PetLink with the Boulder Valley Humane Society on the line for me. They had found our Boston Terrier, Woody about 20 miles away from our house and someone had brought him in this morning! I was in such shock and disbelief that I had a hard time comprehending, nonetheless speak without stuttering.

You see, Woody had gotten out under the fence while we were on vacation 17 MONTHS ago. My sister had left the patio door open for the dogs while she was at work. I posted signs and checked all the shelters, called all the vets, drove and walked the neighborhood, checked out every dog I ever saw for months. The only lead that I had gotten was that someone had seen him get chased by a guy on a motorcycle and that he had caught and ridden off with him. I thought surely he had been taken for dog fighting bait and was dead by now. The first question I asked on the phone was if he was alive.

Gathered up the kids and made my way to the Humane Society....and sure enough, it was Woody! Thank goodness for microchippping! When they finally brought him out to me he wiggled from his nose all the way down to his barely-existent tail. In the time he was gone I got pregnant and my daughter is now nearly 7 months old. He's taken too her quite well. If she's on the floor he has to be laying next to her. He follows me everywhere and has gone back to being good buds with our other BT as well.

We figure that he either got sold / given to someone or that someone just decided to keep him and not look for us. I think they did do some training with him, because he sits and comes better. (But he still pooped on my kitchen floor.) He's healthy and skinnier than he was before. Haven't had a chance to check out his teeth to see if they were fixed, but he's still intact. (We were planning to have a couple rotten teeth pulled and get him neutered when he ran away.) All in all, he's a happy dog and we're happy to have him back. :D
Jennylittlesunflower on January 8th, 2011 05:49 am (UTC)
Wow, what a miraculous story! I'm so glad he's back with his family and that he seems to be in good health. :)
MUFFIN☂: WISHBONEoh_muffy on January 8th, 2011 06:44 am (UTC)
My goodness! This is an amazing story! What a miracle! I am so happy for your & Woody & your family =D
Glorious kind and always on timeuberjackalope on January 8th, 2011 07:24 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness, this made me tear up! I can't even imagine how hard it would be to lose your BT...but then to get him back after over a year!?! That's INCREDIBLE! I'm so glad Woody found his way back home! :D
Susanbusysuzy on January 8th, 2011 02:54 pm (UTC)
That is SO AWESOME! I'm always terrified of my guys getting away somehow...my biggest fear for them. That must have been an amazing moment when you realized it was really him!
librababielibrababie on January 8th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
Two of our dogs got out of the fence after Katrina and ran off. We got one of them back after about a month and had to move shortly after. I thought for sure we wouldn't find out pittie girl. About 3 months later they called and we drove 7 hours to pick her up. The point is that I understand what you went through to smaller extent...And your story made my cry!! I remember when I got the call on my dogs and I can't describe how awesome it felt that I knew it was them!!

So glad your baby is home!! :)
Kimmikka_15 on January 8th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
Wow that is awesome!!

I'm glad he got home safe and all is well.
vix: paw in the Bowl Cam from Puppy Bowl 2006vix on January 9th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
Oh my god, the stories he must have. I so wish he could tell us!
Lorindasweetdemonica on January 10th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
I was just thinking the same thing. Such a shame he can't tell them all about his travels for the last 17 months. amazing he was found.
Sheribooksaremyhabit on January 12th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
so happy to read this! congrats on getting your baby back...woohoo!