It was seven years ago that B.A. got spooked by a thunderstorm and took off from his Raleigh, N.C., home. So, when owner Dan Kesler, who now lives in Arizona, got a call last month from the Durham County Animal Shelter saying that B.A. had been identified by a microchip, he was shocked.
"Oh my God, it's my dog!" Kesler said. "Did I think he'd be back? I can't say yes, but I never gave up hope."
B.A. favors one leg from what the shelter's veterinarian believes was an old injury, but is otherwise healthy, and was recently flown out to Arizona to be with Kesler.
There was some angel watching out for this dog for seven years," said shelter director Shafonda Davis. "That is one lucky dog."
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I love all pets. I wouldn’t be a veterinarian if I didn’t, and I celebrate the human-animal bond every day. I do look forward, though, to the day when these five breeds aren’t as popular. The reasons vary, but in many cases the problems are health-related, and overbreeding by puppy mills and other less-than-ideal operations has a lot to do with that. What would help these breeds is for there to be a lot less of them. A couple of them need many more adopters and far less breeding, and all would benefit from people who are well-prepared for the challenges of owning a dog, and who make sure to look to rescue, shelters and reputable breeders for their pets. As always, whatever pet you choose, we veterinarians are here to help you make healthy choices for life.
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