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Trixie Love had been missing for more than 2 years when the now 14-year old dog was found wandering alone in a Walmart parking lot 2,200 miles from home.
Two and a half years ago, in January of 2015, Trixie escaped her family’s Bowling Green, Kentucky home and disappeared. Despite an extensive search, posters, reward money, and knocking on doors, the Crews family were unsuccessful in finding their beloved dog.
Despite all odds, Tammy Crews never gave up hope of one day finding her. Last week, her prayers were answered.
Trixie was found wandering in a Walmart parking lot in Turlock, California, more than 2,200 miles from Bowling Green. The little dog, malnourished with her hair matted, was picked up and taken to Turlock Animal Services where she was scanned for a microchip.
There, shelter employee Glena Jackson started calling phone numbers registered to Trixie’s microchip. The first phone number was a dead end, an old phone number that the Crews’ no longer used, but the second phone number reached the family’s veterinarian.
Jackson then drove two hours to the airport to put Trixie on a plane for Nashville, where her eager family awaited her arrival Saturday night.
Tammy Crews posted the tearful reunion to Facebook:
“We don’t know what happened to her for two and a half years,” Thad Crews told WBKO. “We don’t know exactly how she got there, or exactly what kind of adventures, good or bad, that she had, but we’re so glad that she’s home safe and that we get to take care of her for the rest of her life.”
The Crews family said the reunion would not have been possible without the microchip that allowed somebody on the other side of the country to track down the missing dog’s family and hope this story serves as a reminder to all pet owners to have their dogs microchipped.