After two and a half years and more than 2200 kilometres away from each other, a Kentucky woman and her Maltese finally reunited.
In an emotional video posted on Facebook, Tammy Crews was reunited with her dog, a Maltese named Trixie.
“Someone stole her two and a half years ago,” Crews said, with tears in the emotional video, taken at an airport in Nashville. “They found her in California this week.”
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Crew told the Bowling Green Daily News that when Trixie got out of her Kentucky home in January 2015, the family is afraid that the puppy might have been stolen. It is still unclear how the dog was gone.
Trixie, now about 13 years old, had just had surgery before disappearing. Crews posted flyers locally, and even knocked on the neighbors’ doors to seek help.
The crew, which also has three other dogs at home, said she continues to hope that one day they would be reunited with their Maltese. Trixie was chipped, which, if a person brought the dog to a vet or animal shelter would trace her back to the address that is registered on the chip.
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Trixie’s microchip is scanned in Turlock, California, after the pup was found wandering around a Walmart parking lot.
“It was like winning the dog lottery for them,” Turlock Animal Services Supervisor Glena Jackson told The Modesto bee.
Jackson contact with the Crew, and then drove more than two hours to Sacramento to Trixie on a flight to Nashville, where her family was finally reunited with her.
“We would not have her back without the microchip,” Tammy’s husband, Thad, said, underscoring the importance of the small tracking device in pets.
After years apart, Trixie is going to sit in the house that she once knew, with Crews, her husband and their son, and her three dog brothers and sisters.
“I can’t believe that this is our story,” Crews said, still surprised, and reunited with Trixie.