According to a story told by Life With Dogs, a compassionate Phoenix police officer had the pleasure last Friday of reuniting a dog missing for almost two years to his very grateful family.
The tale began in May of 2011 when Jessica Rowe and her 3-year old daughter were away from home when a monsoon went through their town of Mesa, Arizona. This caused their townhouse gate to blow open, and a Pekingese named Buddy ran away from home. The family, especially Rowe's daughter, were devastated. They searched for months, and finally gave up on ever seeing Buddy again.
Then a miracle happened. Last Friday Phoenix police officer Don Martin heard what he called "this really horrible sound as if a large stone or some object hit the driver side of my patrol vehicle." He got out of his vehicle to find an injured dog.
Officer Martin and another officer rushed Buddy to a nearby vet, where the little guy received treatment for his injuries. Martin was also kind enough to pay the vet bill while he was there.
The vet did a scan to check Buddy for a microchip (note to pet owners, ALWAYS have your vet scan the chip anytime you dog sees the vet, as these chips have been known to dislodge). Buddy was lucky enough to have a responsible owner who had micro-chipped him.
The two officers phoned Jessica Rowe and informed them of Buddy's accident. Everyone gathered together Monday for an emotional reunion between Rowe, Buddy and the police officers responsible for saving his life. Officer Martin commented "we all like being police officers, because of moments like this make a difference; this is what you live for."
It's anyone's guess as to where Buddy spent the past two years. His family is just glad to have him home.