Debbie Petranck was terrified when her tiny Pug-nosed Terrier, Zeus, vanished from his garden in Ocala, Florida. She explored the neighborhood and paid haphazard visits to the city’s shelters, but her beloved puppy was nowhere to be seen. Disgusted by the loss, the poor owner began placing a weekly “lost dog” ad in the local newspaper for Zeus.
Debbie received an urgent call from the workers at Friends of the Dearborn Animal Shelter approximately 24 months after Zeus vanished. She froze in shock when she learnt that her beloved tiny puppy had been located, and that it was nearly 1,000 miles away in Detroit! Debbie jumped in her car right away and drove all the way to the shelter to pick up her kid!
During this period, Zeus was reportedly living with a man who had rescued the dog from the streets of Florida as a “stray.” The owner eventually moved to Michigan with Zeus, but the dog somehow got away from his new home and ended up in Detroit! He was eventually adopted by a local shelter, and a microchip scan revealed Debbie as his owner!
Debbie was ecstatic to find her beloved baby, but by the time she arrived to the shelter, she was a nervous wreck. She was filled with dread at the prospect of Zeus failing to recognize her after such a long period. But the moment Zeus saw his passionate mother, he leapt to his feet and raced to embrace her!
The reunion of Zeus and Debbie is one of the most touching scenes we’ve seen in a long time! This is why microchipping a pet has become so important in recent years. This happy ending gives hope to many other pet owners who are still searching for their missing dogs.
Watch Zeus and Debbie’s joyous reunion after two terrible years apart in the video below!