It’s always heartbreaking when a dog goes missing, but it’s important to not lose hope: sometimes dogs return to us when we least expect it, whether it’s months or even years after they disappeared.
That was the case recently, after a beagle who was missing for eight years reunited with his family.
Roscoe disappeared in 2015, when he was just one year old, according to the Wichita Eagle. It’s not clear how he escaped from his home.
Owner Nicolle Leon, from Wichita, Kansas, told the outlet that she and her family “looked everywhere” for their beloved dog, and checked with the local shelter every day for months.
Sadly, there was no sign of Roscoe anywhere. Years passed, and the family assumed their dog was gone for good.
Cut to last month. On January 11, in the middle of the night, Nicolle received a very unexpected phone call.
“They said hey, ‘We found your dog,’” she told the Wichita Eagle. “My first thought was that one of my dogs that I have now had gotten out.”
But she was stunned when the missing dog turned out to be Roscoe, eight years after he disappeared. “She says it’s a beagle and I immediately jumped up,” Nicolle said.
The owner was shocked — not only had many years passed, but Roscoe had been found all the way in Caldwell, Idaho, about 1,400 miles away.
According to a Facebook post in a local missing pets group, Roscoe had been found as a stray, and local women Shae DeBerry and Katherine Miller scanned him for a microchip. They were amazed when the information revealed Roscoe had been missing for years, and contacted the family.
Soon, Roscoe finally on his way home. “Friday, Jan. 13th I loaded little Roscoe into a transport van for his big send off to his family,” Shae wrote on Facebook.
It isn’t clear what Roscoe has been up to all these years, and the owner said she was “sad” to have “missed out on eight years with him.”
But even so, the family was very happy to have their long-lost dog back. Their home looks a little different: Nicolle’s two children who were young kids when Roscoe disappeared are now teenagers, and the family also now has two other dogs at home.
But there was no love lost, and everyone is eager to make up for lost time.
“I wondered, ‘like, is he going to recognize us?’” Nicolle told the Wichita Eagle. “When he got out of that transport van, he was so excited and wagging his tail. He jumped all over my kids.”
“It feels good to have him and take care of him for the rest of his life.”
We’re so glad Roscoe has been found after so many years! We know that his family is very excited to have him back home after so long and they will be making up for lost time.
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