A Kentucky dog found in N.M. was reunited with her happy owners more than a year after they thought they'd lost her forever. Mandi Smith and her military family last saw their five-month-old puppy Pooka 18 months ago when they let her outside to do her business, according to a Jan. 30, 2013 report by The Denver Post.
To ease the pain of her puppy's disappearance Smith adopted two more dogs. The German shepherd and German shepherd mix will tower over the diminutive two-year-old Chihuahua-dachshund mix now that the Kentucky dog found in N.M. has been returned home.
When Pooka was found in northern New Mexico, the Espanola Valley Humane Society located Mandi Smith by a microchip she'd had implanted in the dog shortly before Pooka went missing. The humane society left a message on Smith's voicemail to tell her the happy news. At first, Smith thought it was a trick.
It wasn't a trick. Pooka, the Kentucky dog found in N.M., and her owner were reunited at an airport in Albuquerque today in the presence of a gaggle of reporters and photographers all eager to document the happy event.
Pooka made a journey of over 1,200 miles from her Kentucky home to the New Mexico city where she was found. In the 18 months since she disappeared, she gave birth to a litter of puppies whose location is unknown. Mandi Smith, 26, also gave birth in the pup's absence, increasing the number of her children from three to four.
The Espanola Valley Humane Society, which contributed to the happy reunion, offers its mission on its website. They are currently accepting donations to further their mission:
"Our mission is to improve the quality of life of companion animals in the Espanola Valley.
We are committed to helping people find the right companion for their family. And we’re here, without judgment, when surrendering a pet has become the only option. Our goal is to find every dog and cat in our care a happy and loving home. In the meantime, no one is turned away at our open doors."