Yesterday, Inquisitr told the story of Reckless, the dog that was lost for 18 months after Hurricane Sandy before being reunited with his owners through an amazing set of circumstances.
The story may seem like a one-in-a-million chance, but it’s actually not the only tale of owners and dogs finding their way back to each other after years of separation. Whether it’s a dog’s innate sense of direction or the powerful bonds of love between human and animal, there seems to be something that draws the two back together.
The latest story came together last week at the Monmouth County SPCA in Eatontown, New Jersey. A family showed up wanting to adopting a dog and telling the adoption counselor that they had lost their family dog after Hurricane Sandy.
After the family explained to the adoption counselor exactly what kind of dog they were looking for, the counselor had the perfect dog in mind.
SPCA officials said Reckless had quite a journey to return home. The family had actually went from shelter to shelter looking for him in the wake of the hurricane in 2012, but had no luck.
Wise said she believes the dog was actually being cared for at the time, but was reunited with his family through an amazing set of circumstances.
“We don’t know this for a fact, but we believe what happened is that when the dog was originally lost after the hurricane, somebody found him and took him in and didn’t bring him into a shelter,” said Liz Wise of Monmouth County’s SPCA told Yahoo News. “Then he got out again and one of our employees found him and brought him in.”
The heartwarming tale may be great for Reckless and his family, but it’s got nothing on what Jamie Carpentier of New Hampshire went through to be reunited with his beloved dog. After a divorce in 2003, his ex-wife gave the dog up to the Nachua shelter, where she was quickly adopted by an older couple.
Fast forward to 10 years later, and Carpentier was looking for a new dog when he saw the description of a basset hound that stood out: “I have the longest ears and the biggest heart of any dog you will ever meet! I am an older girl, but I still have a lot of spunk left.”
The elderly couple had returned the dog, Ginger, because caring for an animal grew too difficult. Luckily for Carpentier, Ginger happened to be the very same dog his ex-wife gave up a decade earlier.
Another case of a long-lost dog reunited with its owner has technology to thank. Jen Koczan lost her dog five years ago, but thanks to a computer chip, animal welfare were able to inform the owner that her dog, now 8-year-old Sasha, had been taken to the Anti-Cruelty Society.
“I never thought I would see her again,” Koczan said. “I thought about her all the time. I wondered what happened to her. I still have pictures of her. She was a part of our family.”