We all have deep bonds with our dogs. We can’t imagine life without them. Unfortunately, there are times when the unthinkable befalls pet owners and they have to deal with the ᴛʀᴀɢᴇᴅʏ of a lost dog. And for one young boy named Carter, his best friend, Piper, ended up running away from home. The family had let their pug out to the backyard to go to the bathroom, but she got loose and ended up running away.
The family searched for her everywhere, posted about her pictures on social media, and reached out to neighbors and community groups. They ᴘʀᴀʏᴇᴅ for Piper’s safe return, but after the weeks had gone by without any sign of her, they ꜰᴇᴀʀᴇᴅ that they would never see her again.
“On November 18, we let our pug, Piper, out to go potty, and she didn’t come back when we called her. It had been a long two and a half weeks for my oldest two children, Carter and Natalie, thinking they would never see their puppy again. Piper was a very special gift for Carter’s 12th birthday: he had always wanted a black pug since he spent his baby years with another pug he loved very much -Oliver- who had to go live with another family while his baby brother was sɪᴄᴋ. The family looked everywhere for the 2-ʏᴇᴀʀ-ᴏʟᴅ pug
We posted and shared and talked to neighbors, news venues, and community groups but as the days passed, our hope waned.
“We posted and shared and talked to neighbors, news venues, and community groups but as the days passed, our hope waned,” April wrote on Facebook.
“We were all sɪᴄᴋ,” Licata said. “The older kids wanted nothing to do with decorating the Christmas tree and it was a very somber Thanksgiving for them.”
The mom felt ᴛᴇʀʀɪʙʟᴇ over the whole situation… mostly for her son, who she knew lost his best friend: “The love of Carter’s life ran away,” she wrote.
But then, a miracle happened.
amazingly we got a message this Monday night that a dog that looked like Piper had been picked up and taken to the animal shelter. I was truly sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ. We had all resigned ourselves to the reality that she prolly wouldn’t come back.
Carter and his sister Natalie were out of town when all this happened, so April decided to make the news extra special by surprising them.
Dressing Piper up in bows, April took the dog to school to pick up Carter. Seeing her old friend through the car window, Piper perked up in excitement:
And Carter was sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ to see his dog back again, and broke down in tears as they reunited in the car.
He held his beloved dog in his arms, and probably won’t let go anytime soon.
This video is no doubt the embodiment of that! It’s so amazing to see the love, and honestly the video says more than any words I could write. My son loves his dog so much, was sɪᴄᴋ while she was gone, and tonite she’s sleeping next to him again. What a Christmas miracle for our family and thank you to everyone who helped bring Piper home.”
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H/T: The Dodo