Yet another testament to microchipping happened to a Texas family, whose dog went missing nearly seven years ago.
The dog, an adorable terrier mix mutt named Corky, escaped his backyard outdoor kennel in 2009, when he was only a year old. At that time, the family lived in the country.
Jimmy Montez, Corky’s owner, told ABC News today that his family did all the things that responsible pet owners do to try to recover a lost dog.
“We searched for him for six months. We put up flyers, asked local businesses if they’d seen him and even went door-to-door to our neighbors. But we never found him, and so we assumed the worst.”
Over time, the family moved out of their home near Boyd, Texas, to relocate in Fort Worth. They added two dogs, and more kids. But the parents never forgot about Corky, according to Nola.com. Only one son is old enough to remember the little dog.
Corky the dog and his street pal Captain reunited with Corky’s family in Texas after 7 years of being missing. https://t.co/WHq4KRhgU0
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On Saturday, the family received a call from the local Humane Society.
Along with Corky came a one-eyed dog named Captain that had bonded with the scruffy little escapee. The two were found roaming the streets together, so the family decided not to separate them. They adopted Captain. The shelter waived the adoption fee, as it occurred during one of their “clear the shelter” days.
Kim Montez called it a “blessed day.”
“What a wonderful way to wake up on Saturday morning. We never knew what had happened to him. We still had pictures of him in the house, but we never expected that call.”
Jimmy Montez said they were happy to add Captain to the family. He said it was very clear how bonded the two pups are.
“Half the day they nap and half the day they play, but whatever they’re doing, it’s always together.
“It’s actually pretty adorable. It looks like Corky really took care of Captain when they were out in the streets. He always lets Captain eat first, and he’ll even stand guard to make sure none of our other dogs bother him.”
He added that it’s no problem, adding another little mouth to feed.
“It’s a full house, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Thousands of lost pets have been recovered, sometimes after years, due to the technology. Microchips are beneficial because of their durability, according to Petfinder.com. Microchips last for the lifetime of the pet.
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In addition, some microchip registry offer extra perks:
- Specialists available 24/7 to assist with advice and support if your pet is lost
- Travel assistance for pets found far from home
- 24/7 Emergency Medical Hotline
- Lost Pet Alerts sent to a network of animal shelters, veterinarians, and concerned citizens in the area where your pet was lost.
Microchipping is a simple procedure similar to a vaccination. The implant is about the size of a grain of rice. Owners who are concerned about pain or infection shouldn’t worry, as the benefits far outweigh the risk, according to Petango. Most animals barely react to the injection.
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