Daane Birchmeier is one happy guy after reuniting with his pet five months after the dog took off last May. MLive reported the heartwarming story on Oct. 14 that 11-month-old Natty somehow made her way from Fenton, Mich. all the way to Jackson County, over 70 miles away.
Birchmeier, who lives in Linden, adopted the pooch in January from a local shelter in Fenton. Natty was said to be loyal and always stuck by his side. This is why he wasn't worried when he took the dog to his parents’ house to work on his truck. Knowing that she usually stays put, he was quite surprised when he couldn't find her a while later.
"She was just wandering around me as I was working, and then I noticed after I was cleaning up that she was gone," Birchmeier said. "My parents live next to a park so we think she might have run off into it, but there's no telling."
On Oct. 7, Natty was found in Jackson wandering around. She was taken to the Jackson County Animal Shelter where they discovered that she had a microchip implanted and was able to get her back to her owner. Jackson County Animal Shelter Administrative Clerk Debbie Drouin said that Natty was pretty healthy, considering the adventure she had been on the last five months.
Birchmeier headed to Jackson to pick Natty up two days later and the scene was a happy tale to tell. Both owner and pooch were ecstatic to be reunited once again.
"It was really cute," Drouin said. "She was so excited to see her owner again."
Natty is finally safe and sound in her own home. However, there are many dogs and cats that need their own forever home at the Jackson County Animal Shelter or at your local animal shelter.