Two years after her dog went missing, a Twin Cities woman got a phone call she never thought would come.
Melissa Carlson was reunited with her dog, McCoy, last week. McCoy went missing from their north Minneapolis neighborhood in 2014. Two years later and nearly 200 miles away in Wadena, the American Bulldog was found. Someone brought him to the Animal Humane Society, who ran McCoy’s microchip.
The day McCoy went missing, Carlson spent all night looking for him. Though she never found McCoy, the mother of four never gave up hope.
“Life has to continue, but you will go on looking for him,” Carlson said.
Hope came to light on Dec. 11, when she received a phone call from the microchip company.
“They said we found your dog and I said shut up,” Carlson proclaimed.
The Animal Humane Society drove Carlson three hours to Wadena for the big reunion, and emotions started to flow. Carlson was worried that it wasn’t the same dog and he wouldn’t remember. But McCoy’s wagging tail, and endless kisses said otherwise.
As for what happened to McCoy, Carlson may never know. But what she does know is that he’s back in a loving home.
“Just to get him back for the holidays, all of those other stressers that we did have, none of that matters anymore,” she said. “We are whole again.”
Carlson has since moved from her home in north Minneapolis. She made sure to update her contact information for the microchip that was implanted in McCoy when they first got him. Carlson says if she wasn’t continuously updating her information, McCoy wouldn’t be with her today.
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