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.
Did you know that if you want to get updates from a Facebook page, you need to do more than “like” it? To get recent postings in your Facebook feed, you must also hover your mouse over the word “following” and then click “see first” from the drop-down menu. You may want to check back with your favorite pages on occasion because Facebook often changes your settings, no longer having your having your favorites among those to “see first.
Follow the National Pet Rescue on Facebook.
Recently in the news: Years after being abandoned, dog remains homeless at shelter
Our site is supported by revenue from links created by the Little Things: