Bliss Green, a 79 year old veteran, will have a happy Thanksgiving this year after a successful search for his companion dog across western United States. The search for his stolen car and missing dog involved law enforcement officials in five states for three weeks and ended 700 miles away from where they were stolen, according to a story in the Washington Post.
Melody, a Border Collie mix, has been his companion dog for the last 11 years after he was admitted to a VA hospital for depression and suicidal tendencies. While he and Melody were heading home to Oregon after visiting his daughter in Chicago, Green’s car was stolen on November 3 at a gas station in York, Nebraska.
Melody and Green’s cell phone were in the car. Police tracked the cell phone as it was used through Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon. Finally the authorities arrested the suspect in Oregon.
Meanwhile a couple in Wyoming found Melody huddled under their pickup. They fed her for a week thinking she might belong to someone in the neighborhood. Finally they took her to a shelter.
Authorities were able to connect Melody to Green when some of his personal belongs from the car were found nearby. When he got the news he’d been hoping for, Green put her bed in his car and immediately headed out to pick her up.
While he was hospitalized 11 years ago, a nurse gave him a hand written prescription for a companion dog to cure his depression. "I haven't been depressed since I've had her," he said.
Have you hugged your dog (or cat) today?