A dog has been found after nine years. The story of Boozer the dog is a happy one. The Goldston family of Alabama lost the dog nine years ago when he escaped the family yard in Tennessee. The Boxer mix was only eight months old at the time of his disappearance, and the family was devastated. On August 8, CBS News reported on Boozer’s story.
Boozer was found at a Colorado animal shelter. The staff at the facility scanned him for a microchip, and one was found. The information contained on the chip led to the reunion with the Goldston family. Megan Marr was only 15 years old when the dog ran off, and she said to CBS that, ““It was shattering. I didn’t ever expect to see him again.”
Apparently, the people that found Boozer when he ran off nine years ago decided to keep him and then he was sold to a new a family. They never checked for a microchip in order to return the dog to his rightful owner. It was only after the new owner moved and could no longer care for the dog themselves that the people who had Boozer turned him into the shelter.
The staff of Foothills Animal Shelter immediately called the Goldston family, and the family made the trip from their home to the shelter in Colorado.
Jennifer Strickland, the spokesperson for the animal shelter, located in Golden, Colorado, spoke about the importance of microchips in pets. She said that, “We cannot emphasize to people enough to make sure there is permanent identification such as a microchip with your pet but also a collar and tags and a pet license.”
If the people that found Boozer nine years ago had taken the dog to a local shelter, he would have been reunited with the Goldston family immediately. The staff of the Foothills Animal Shelter shared news of the happy reunion on their Facebook page on Saturday.
“We are on Cloud 9! Boozer, a 10-year-old Boxer, was reunited with his original family, thanks to a microchip. Even after 9 years, he definitely remembered them! Lloyd, his daughter Megan and son Will, drove 18 hours from Alabama to pick up Boozer this morning for an emotional reunion. Lloyd said, “Boozer has always remained in our hearts.”
The Colorado Gazette also reported on the reunion, and they shared details of the exact moment Boozer was reunited with his owner, Lloyd Goldston. Lloyd was tearful when the dog first came out, and he said, “He’s beautiful. Yes you are. Yes you are. Hey Boozer! Welcome back, buddy.”
The dog is now considered a senior dog. He was barely a puppy when he ran off from the Goldston home. The family was in the middle of a move at the time, and they were not able to spend the time needed to search for the dog.
Now, they intend to show Boozer all the love they can during the years he has left. One thing they were happy about was Boozer’s home for the last nine years. He was not mistreated. The new family that adopted from a Boxer rescue group loved him. They just could not take the dog with them.
What do you think of Boxer’s story?