Missing Missouri dog found in Georgia

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI)-- The owners of a golden retriever in Chesterfield, Mo have no idea how their family pet ended up safe and sound in LaGrange, Georgia.

Honey ran off from a family farm in Cuba, Mo July 5th.  The family took out ads in newspapers, contacted the police and area animal shelters but found no signs of Honey.

Three months later, Emily Wallis received a call from Honey`s vet.  He asked her if she was sitting down.  The vet told Wallis her dog was found more than 600 miles away.  An animal control officer found the dog along a Georgia highway.

Even though Honey was found, the dog`s owners were still not known.  The dog was micro-chippedbut rescuers did not immediately find the device.  A golden retriever rescue group cared for the dog and placed an add for anyone interested in adopting the dog.  A family from Alabama was about to adopt Honey.  That`s when rescuers took one more check for a microchip and found it.

The Wallis family was contacted and rushed south. Then there was the emotional reunion.  Honey had been renamed Darcy but clearly missed her owners and missed being called by her name.  The dog jumped back and forth between Adam and Emily Wallis.

The family drove back home wondering how their pet traveled so far without any injuries.

"The whole drive home from Atlanta, the nine hour drive, we`d stop at truck stops and play ball with her and she`d smell around and we were thinking had she been her before," said Emily Wallis.  "We have no idea how she made it to Georgia."

Wallis credits the microchip for the unlikely reunion and reminds pet owners to register the paperwork that goes with the process.

"We were able to prove Honey was ours because we still had that paperwork," said Wallis.

She also thanked the rescuers in Georgia for taking good care of Honey.  The rescuers had Honey on the exact medicine the dog was taking in Chesterfield without even knowing anything about the dog`s history.


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