As hard as it is to have a dog die, it must be even harder to have a dog go missing as the months and years go by. There would be no closure and the owners would always wonder what happened? Is he out there someplace? Is she trying to get home?
Chloe Rushby who is now 17 was only eight years old when her beloved Muffy disappeared from her yard. Then out of the blue the family got a phone call that Muffy had been found in Melbourne, over 1200 miles away.
Investigating a tip about animal cruelty, she found Muffy in a filthy back yard sleeping on a tattered piece of cardboard. Besides being emaciated, she had a severe case of dermatitis caused by flea allergy. It is known that she had been kept there for the past two years, but where she had been the previous seven years will always be a mystery.
She was even more astounded when her original owners were found in Brisbane and were overjoyed to have their old dog back. "It's an amazing, extraordinary story on several counts," Ms Coulter said.
"The fact that someone went to the trouble of calling in her case as one of neglect probably saved her life. "Then the fact that she was microchipped made us realise she had probably come from a very different home and background to the one we found her in.
"And then, most remarkably, that we were able to track down her original owners, nine years later and even though their contact details recorded on the microchip information were hopelessly out of date."
Muffy will be flown home to Brisbane VIP-style next week to be reunited with the girl who never forgot her. Mum Natalie Lampard said Chloe, who shared her bed with Muffy for three years, still talked about the missing pooch right up until the RSPCA called. Now Chloe can tell Muffy herself how much she missed her. Source