Dog Reunited With Family After 7 Years

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A family who lost everything in the 2007 San Diego, Calif., wildfires, including their dog Buddy, has been reunited with the missing pooch after seven years, according to the Daily Mail.

Dog Missing for 7 Years Reunited with Family

John Hartman and his family moved from San Diego to Oklahoma after the raging wildfires destroyed their home in 2007. The family also lost their 2-year-old black Labrador Retriever when the scared dog escaped the backyard.

A vehicle passing by opened its door, and Buddy jumped right in. That was the last time Hartman and his family saw Buddy for nearly a decade.

Amazingly, they recently received a phone call from the Department of Animal Services while visiting their son in San Diego. Their long lost dog had been found running loose in the Imperial Beach neighborhood of San Diego.

Buddy was taken to Gaines Street Animal Shelter, where his microchip was scanned. Hartman and his wife were reunited with Buddy on April 1.

"I was pretty shocked ... when we called his name, he came for us," Hartman said.

Buddy is now settling into life in Oklahoma, where his owners are thrilled to have their missing dog back. The mystery still remains of where Buddy has been since 2007.

"It would be interesting to find out what his odyssey was at 6 1/2 years, but I guess we'll never know," Hartman said.

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So happy that Buddy found his way home, even if it was 7 yrs later. I would be so happy if that happened to my family. They were not bad owners, the dog got scared from the fires and ran away and someone basically stole him off the road!

April 11 2014 at 8:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

only an irresponsible person, does not take an animal to a vet to check for a microchip. Yes, the people who cared for the dog may be nice, but they caused heart ache for the original owners.

April 11 2014 at 8:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Someone else who has been taking care of the dog all these years is heartbroken....

April 11 2014 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yep, I found a poodle in the middle of busy hwy 431 in Alabama... Opened the door coached the dog inside and never missed a beat. Has been the greatest blessing I ever had beside my ch& gr ch ... Did I look for his previous owner. NAH NAH NAH

April 11 2014 at 8:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Unfortunately there are people out there that decide to keep any dog they've found. Some dogs get back to their original owners because they get lost again and thankfully have a chip that can reunite them with their true family. This may be what happened to Buddy. Microchips and transmitter collars are the best ways to get pets home when they go missing.

April 11 2014 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nice story, "Next"!

April 11 2014 at 5:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

jayme , when the dog was chipped , they were offered a glass of water , thats how they got the tracking chips into the owners ?that was 7 years ago , now they just pump the chips right through the water pipes and the info about you and your whole life is sent back to the supper computer that keeps track of everything , you cant stop us ??? i meen them , resistance is futile .....

April 11 2014 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Keep wearing the foil hat.. You will be safe................

April 11 2014 at 8:27 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

i bet the neighbors hated to hear this , now they have to put up with his stupid barking

April 11 2014 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Auntie's Mail

How ever Buddy was found & the Animal Shelter checked out his Microchip this is what reunited him with his family ~ even though they relocated out of state. Yes, you must update the National Microchip Registry with address change(s). But most importantly Microchip your animals ~ it saves their lives. Happy ending & Buddy is a much happpier dog for sure.

April 11 2014 at 1:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with Shar- my thoughts exactly and that is what I would have done and if a shelter wasn't available I would have provided and taken care of Buddy and did all I could to return to his owners. I'm glad he's home. He was either dumped or got loose just so glad for family's happy ending!!

April 11 2014 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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