September 1, 2009

Shaggy dog story has happy ending

A Dachshund that ran away from his Kingsburg, Calif., home four months ago turned up safe and sound in Phoenix, animal control officials said.

Max, a dog adopted from a shelter by Pamela Ekizian, was wearing a $25 microchip that enabled the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Center Monday to locate its owner 588 miles away, The Arizona Republic reported.

When the control center asked Ekizian if she wanted to pick up Max up or put him up for adoption, as they lived so far away, Ekizian said.

My husband asked me, 'Are you ready to do something crazy?' Everyone was telling us we were nuts for driving so far, she said. But the minute my husband said they called we got work covered and headed out here.

The couple's 4-year-old granddaughter was very upset about Max's disappearance, and frequently asked about him, the newspaper reported.

She just asked me about him the other day, Ekizian said, the Republic reported. I just kept telling her that maybe one day we will get another call about him.

The little girl did not know yet that Max has been found, and the couple planned to surprise her with him when they return home.