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Murphy, a 5-year old Golden Retriever, disappeared during his family’s camping trip in 2012. After missing for 20 months, the thin, frail dog was finally found and returned to her family.
Nathan and Erin Braun were camping in the Tahoe National Forest in October of 2012 when they became separated from their dog. Despite an extensive search, posting fliers, and creating a Facebook page to help in the search, Murphy remained missing.
Then – a miracle. Earlier this month, the Watkins family, along with their own dog, Trip, were camping about 5 miles from where Murphy had disappeared. That’s when Murphy emerged from the woods to pay a visit to Trip. The Watkins recognized Murphy from the notices posted in the area and immediately called the Brauns.
Hearing about her sighting, the Brauns headed straight to Tahoe in hopes of finding their missing girl. Unable to locate her after several days of searching, the couple left Murphy’s old bed and several articles of clothing at the campsite, hoping for her return.
A week later, the Watkins spotted Murphy curled up in her old bed, resting her head on the clothing left there. This time, they were able to catch her.
Murphy and her family were reunited on Father’s Day.
“She is on the road to recovery, very thin and frail but happy to be home with her family,” Erin Braun posted to Facebook. “Words can not describe how grateful we are.”