This must be the week for special reunions of long, lost dogs and their families. Just days after Sadie the Yorkie was reunited with her family after 2 ½ years, Meika the Bishon returned home on Sunday nearly two years after she disappeared.
A week ago, Amy Schayer took in a little dog to foster that came in as a lost pet to the veterinary clinic where she was a vet tech. At the time, she was hoping to reunite the dog, that didn’t have a microchip, with her family or to foster her until she could find a home for the sweet little dog she called Marlie.
The reunion seemed a bit hopeless at first because she had nothing to go on. Then, last Wednesday, while working her shift as a vet tech at another clinic Schayer met Sadie the dog and was on hand when she was reunited with her family – the Brownell’s – 2 ½ years after she’d disappeared from her yard in Chicago. (See story.)
“I told the Brownell’s at the time that I was fostering a little lost dog and hoped to get that dog home as well,” says Schayer. “I was so motivated. I spent over 9 ½ hours on the computer searching all of the lost dog sites in the Midwest. I found a photo of Meika in the first few hours on the Lost Dogs Illinois site. I sent an email to the family to see if this was their dog.”
The dog had come into the clinic very dirty and matted. When Schayer took her home, she found the dog had severe skin allergies and licked and scratched a lot. The missing dog Meika looked like a cleaned up version of her Marlie and the dog also had allergies like Meika’s family mentioned in their initial post. The family met Schayer at the emergency vet clinic where she works yesterday to see if the dog was theirs.
“They checked out her teeth and found she was missing the same teeth and then they both started crying,” says Schayer. “They had all her vet records and her adoption records. It turned out she had been rescued from a puppy mill. They had been so worried all this time.”
In another twist of fate, Meika was one of the first dogs ever listed on the Lost Dog’s Illinois’ website. The listing has been up since she disappeared from Aurora two years ago.
“I had contacted the owner in 2011 and asked if she wanted to continue to keep her listing on our page,” says Susan Taney, founder of Lost Dogs Illinois.” She asked me if I thought it would make a difference. I said yes that dogs are reunited weeks, months and years later. If she would have said no, I don’t know if Meika would have been reunited.”
Update on Sadie
Sadie is settling in with the Brownell family in suburban Cleveland over 2 ½ years after she disappeared from their Roscoe Village yard. Nicole Brownell says that it’s still hard to believe that Sadie is finally home and that her fuzzy soul mate knew her in an instant.
“Sadie barked when I came in before she even saw me!” says Brownell. “I could barely hold onto her during the news conference because she was wiggling around so much she was so excited. Seeing her again was a dream come true. I still look over at her and have to pinch myself!”
Sadie was the star of the news in Chicago last week as the Brownells talked about the importance of microchipping your pets and keeping that information up-to-date. That information got Sadie home after she was found on the side of the road in Grayslake and brought into Save-A-Pet.
Brownell is now working with a friend on a bill she calls Sadie’s Law. She would like the law to require veterinarians to scan any new pet that comes into a practice. That information would be checked with the microchip company to see if there is a different owner on file. In the meantime, Schayer advises anyone checking for microchips to check all over a dog or cat’s body. She says the chips shift over time and she’s found them in weird places.
If you’d like to know what to do if your dog is missing or you find a missing dog, please click the links below for stories on Lost Dogs Illinois. And, don’t forget to call the microchip company and make sure your pet’s information is up-to-date.