The owners of Jasper, a senior dog, had lost all hope of finding him, who had disappeared 10 months earlier. Their surprise was therefore great when a shelter called them about the canid they believed to be dead.
A family has found their dog nearly a year after he went missing, FOX 10 Phoenix reported.
The animal in question is 13 years old and answers to the name of Jasper. He lives in Maricopa County in Arizona (southwest of the United States) with his mistresses Judy and Ginny.
On December 28, 2021, they had let him play in the garden like every morning after the walk. When they came out, the dog was gone. One of the gates of the house was open; that was probably the way he had gone to venture outside.
“We walked every street and alley, talked to every person in the neighborhood. Ginny made posters,” says Judy. They continued to search for him for months. They tried to keep the hope of finding him, but the more time passed, the more they said to themselves that they had to face the facts.
They believed him to be dead and even reported him as such to the county shelter, Maricopa County Animal Care & Control.
Then, on Sunday, October 23, Judy and Ginny received an unexpected call from this same reception structure. Their interlocutor asked them if they were still looking for Jasper, before telling them: “we think we have found him”. The quadruped was identified thanks to its chip.
Minutes later, the dog’s family was at the shelter for the reunion. Jasper’s hair had grown a lot, to the point of hiding his eyes. He immediately recognized his humans.
Judy and Ginny have no idea where their dog may have been all this time, but what matters is that he is back with them. He was treated to a good bath and a lot of rest, before a visit to the vet for a complete examination.