After four months, Petey, the Jack Russell terrier, will be returning to his home in Tennessee… after being found in Michigan!!
A microchip implanted in the dog helped rescuers close the 600-mile gap and find the dogs rightful home.
Petey's 71 year old owner would have his morning coffee every day with Petey in his lap, until one day, he disappeared.
No one knows how Petey made such a long journey but his owner had an idea, saying how Petey loved to go for rides in the car.
"We don't have any ties in Michigan. Petey had gone a little bit out of the yard. He's a friendly dog."
They fliered their town, took out ads in the local newspaper and took to Facebook to try and find him.
Luckily a Michigan native found Petey in their backyard and took him to a Humane Society center where he was scanned and a chip was found.
A rep for the HSUS said:
"Microchips do make it more likely that a pet will be found. One in three pets go missing sometime in their lives and the chances of them finding their way home aren't very good."
When Petey's owner heard that Petey was found and was on his way home, he was stunned.
A family member said:
"He was dumbfounded. If it hadn't been for the chip, we'd have never have known what happened to him."
The reunion is a much needed blessing for the 71-year-old man, because he had just lost his wife, two weeks ago.
He doesn't have to be alone anymore.
Petey's coming home.
[Image via JDH/WENN.]
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