Too often, when animals are in the news, they are subjects of torture and abuse, rarely with a happy ending. The case of the cat that was kicked into a nearby car by a man is still unsolved, despite having video evidence.
However, a man who had been grieving over his dog that was stolen from him was in for the surprise of his life when he got up the nerve to search out a new canine friend at a local animal shelter. His dog was stolen over a year and a half earlier, yet he unsuspectingly reunited with his best friend after coming across him in the shelter.
Richard Brower’s German Shepherd was stole from him nearly a year and a half ago. He searched for Dozer in his home of Alberta, Canada, but to no avail. He was devastated at the loss, not knowing if Dozer was alive, being abused, or left for dead. According to Dog Heirs, Brower took a long time to get over the loss but finally decided that it was time to search out a new best friend, with thoughts of Dozer heavy on his mind.
Brower visited Claresholm Rescue’s online adoption page to browse the available dogs and was blown away when he saw a picture of Dozer staring back at him. He couldn’t believe it, but the face was unmistakeable.
“It was the first post that came up, and Dozer was just staring me back in the face, looking pretty much like he did 18 months before. And my heart just kind of sank and I started shaking.”
Brower called Claresholm Rescue immediately to make sure his best friend was still there and to ensure a hold was put on him. He was surprised to find that Dozer had been there for a month. While on the phone, Brower’s father just happened to visit the same shelter on the way home from a business trip, deciding to look for Dozer. When Dozer saw Brower’s dad, he immediately began to wag his tail in excitement, according to CNN.
Brower’s dad brought Dozer home and reunited the life-long friends once again. Brower could not believe it when Dozer began to cry, as German Shepherds often do and snuggled as close as he could. Both Brower and his father began bawling in happiness.
“He almost knocked me over. He came flying in, put his head into my arm and started doing that wailing that German shepherds do.”
Other than knowing Dozer had been at the shelter for a month, the rest of his journey is still unknown.