Stroke victim reunited with his service dog after a year and a half

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In Wildomar, California, a stroke victim and his service dog were reunited at the Animal Friends of the Valley shelter on Thursday. It had been a year and a half since David Guindon last saw Zeus, who had wandered away from his home in San Bernardino.

According to AbcNews, the heartbreaking story began on May 2016 when  the service dog disappeared. Zeus had been purchased  in 2014 after David suffered a heart attack and a debilitating stroke leaving him wheelchair bound. Zeus had been a much appreciated companion.

“If I want to go outside I just tell him, ‘Open the door.’ He’d flip it open for me,” Guindon said. “[He would] hold it open long enough so I could get towards it and get out.”

And when Zeus disappeared, David searched everywhere for his missing dog; posting signs and hiring a pet detective. Zeus was gone and even though he was microchipped – no one had turned him into any of the area shelters or rescue organizations.

And when the “truth can sometimes be stranger than fiction” story kicked in,  it seems as if Zeus was still alive, and the person who had him, had contacted the microchip company to re-register the dog.  Neither the microchip company nor animal control would release the person’s information who had Zeus; all they would tell David was her first name and that she lived an hour away in Lake Elsinore.

“Oh I miss him every day. I just want my dog back please,” Guindon pleaded with the woman.

Originally the woman refused to return the dog, but late Wednesday afternoon she surrendered Zeus to the shelter. On Thursday, David was to be reunited with his dog – but would Zeus remember him? It turns out the husky certainly did remember his friendship bond with David.


Even though Zeus appeared to be a bit underweight, David wants to thank the person for doing the right thing. And now the two have been reunited. David is purchasing a GPS collar – so this never happens again.

All’s well that ends well; a special thank you to the woman who returned Zeus back  to David. Indeed this was a special case.


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9 replies
  1. Red says:

    I don’t get this…. I have my pet chipped. So if someone finds him, takes him in and is told he has a chip and belongs to someone else…..I WILL NOT BE NOTIFIED????? I will not be called and told where my pet is? Just given a first name and how far away he is? That is not right at all!?!?!? What is the purpose of the chip, if not to notify me where my pet is?

    • Nancy Raymond says:

      You’d think they would be obligated to notify the name on the chip – something sounds very stinky here – I did not think you could just get an animal re-chipped that it would just get done the say so of whoever. I don’t think any reputable animal clinic would do this.

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    This is horrible, this “woman” knew the dog was micro chipped and tried to get the chip changed. Obviously she knew who the dog belonged to why didn’t she return him. How heartless to keep a dog you know belongs to someone else, even after you have found out who that is! What good is a micro chip if the company won’t help you get your dog back when they find it! I’m glad the woman finally found her heart, but shame on her for not returning the dog when she knew quite well there was an owner out there missing their service dog!

  3. Ezgi Melody says:

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  4. Darla G says:

    I’m surprised the microchip company gave any information – they wouldn’t tell me a single thing when I called to find out more about the dog that I just adopted (it’s all legitimate – I found out what I needed to know and that no one was looking for Bogie).


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