Nearly a decade ago, a dog disappeared during a robbery at a California home. The toy poodle, named “Gigi,” was missing for nine very long years. After the August 2007 disappearance, Gigi’s owner searched for her missing dog, but hope of ever seeing her again faded with the passage of time.
According to Tuesday’s CBS Sacramento News, everything changed with a wandering poodle was discovered in Roseville, California. Gigi’s owner, Sally Butters, spoke about the stunning discovery:
I never expected it. I thought she would be dead. She’s 13 1/2 years old now, how long I have her I don’t know, but at least she’s home.
It was Gigi’s embedded microchip which led to the unlikely, long-overdue reunion. The wandering dog was identified and returned thanks to the information on the chip, and the good Samaritan who took her to Citrus Heights Pet Hospital to be scanned, reported the Sacramento Bee.
Identification tags are a crucial tool for getting wandering dogs back to their rightful owner, but microchips are the gold standard for proving pet ownership, and helping to make reunions possible.
(Photo screenshot via SacBee)