May 7, 2009

Lost dog home after 8 years

A Texas family said they have been reunited with their long-lost pet dog, but they do not know where the animal has been for the past eight years.

Alison Murphy of Austin said she and her family offered a $500 reward for the return of their dog, Dancer, after the dog went missing eight years ago, but they received no word of the beloved pet until the Humane Society in New Braunfels, Texas, called last week, KVUE-TV, Austin, reported Thursday.

The Humane Society told Murphy that a musician found the dog wandering the streets of New Braunfels, Texas, last week and brought it to the group's office, where workers used the dog's microchip to track down its owners.

Murphy said the dog, which now answers to the name Fern, does not appear to have lived on the streets for very long.

Her teeth are in great shape, she said. She just doesn't look like she's been on the streets for 11 years. Somebody's been taking care of her.

It's just wonderful to have her back, Murphy said. She's older now and she's a little more mellow than she was, of course, as a younger dog but she still likes to go for walks first thing in the morning. And she likes to cuddle at night. She's still the same old girl.