For some dog-owners, even going to the grocery store can mean a tearful goodbye to your dog. So imagine how Debi Pentranck felt when her bull terrier Zeus went outside and didn’t come back for two years.
One day, Debi, a resident of Ocala, Florida, had let Zeus outdoors without a leash. Although she had done so many times in the past, he had always come back. She later admitted that she “just did wrong,” because this time he never returned.
It turned out that Zeus was wandering the Ocala area when two kids found him and thought he was a stray. Then they offered Zeus to an older man in the parking lot of a Burger King.
The kids told him that they found a stray dog, and he ended up taking him in. His new owner then moved to Detroit shortly after finding him, separating the dog and Debi by over 1,000 miles.
Debi placed ads all over the area, in hopes that someone would identify Zeus and contact her about him. Despite a few leads and constant contact with the staff that helped her put out the ads, she wasn’t able to find her Zeus for two long years.
Then, she got the call.
It turns out that while in Detroit, Zeus had escaped his new owner and was found on his own again. He was then found by a local animal shelter, the Friends of Animals Metro-Detroit animal shelter, who found a microchip inside of Zeus.
The microchip had Debi’s contact information, which allowed the shelter to call her and tell her the fantastic news.
Debi told Ocala.com that she wished “Zeus could talk to her and tell her what happened.” With the sudden news, it’s no surprise that Debi wasted no time taking the long mile drive from Florida to Detroit as soon as she could.
When the man who moved to Detroit found Zeus at the animal shelter, he heard the whole story. Elaine Greene, who is apart of the Friends of Animals Metro-Detroit, said that the man understood that letting Zeus goes back to his rightful owner was “the right thing to do.”
The reunion is caught on video, with Zeus sprinting into Debi’s arms while she cried tears of joy. “I love you so much,” she told Zeus.
Perhaps Pentranck would’ve never been reunited with Zeus had there not been a microchip inside of him.
Green stressed to WXYZ-TV Detroit how important it is to get your dog microchipped, as it may save your dog should something like this happen one day.
Watch the tearful reunion below:
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