Last week, Debra Suierveld got a call from a nearby animal shelter. They told her that they had her dog at the shelter that she could come to pick up.
Debra told them that they must have gotten something wrong. When they told her that it was a female black lab mix, she knew they got it wrong. She had just been with her black lab at home. There’s no way it could’ve gotten out.
When she told them that they definitely got it wrong, they told her that they ran the microchip. It said that the dog’s name was Abby and it had Debra’s information.
Debra was stunned. “I was like ‘Abby?’ I haven’t seen her for 10 years.”
10 years before, the family had a black lab mix named Abby. She had run away from home. Though the family looked everywhere for her, they couldn’t find her and they assumed that she had died.
Eventually, they got several other dogs—including a black lab. But when Debra heard that Abby had been found, she knew she had to go pick her up.
According to NPR, “Once Abby rejoined their family, it was almost as if she had never left.”
“She settled right in, I’d say,” Debra shared. “The first night—I have other dogs—and they were all lying in the family room like they’d been spending the last few years together.”
Debra’s daughter, Carly, was only 12 years old when Abby disappeared. Even though they had other dogs, Abby was always Carly’s favorite. Now, Carly is 22. When her mom first told her the news, she couldn’t believe it. “She was laughing so hard that by the end of the laugh she was crying.”
Debra is thrilled to have her dog back. “She’s just such a sweetheart,” she said. “I just wish they had checked her for a chip because we would have her back so much sooner.”
What a sweet story! I’m so glad Abby finally made it back to a family that loves her.
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