This touching story demonstrates the importance of never giving up hope. It has a happy ending, despite the fact that it begins with a heartbreaking loss.
Stevie Rodger’s two dogs, Kavik and Konan, were let outside of his home in Scotland to go to the restroom in 2012, but they slipped over the fence. He examined the area and realized they had gone into a sheep field belonging to a farmer.
The farmer shot both dogs in the head, killing Konan instantaneously. Kavik was injured, but he ran away.
The family spent months searching the region, placing posters and offering a reward, but to no effect. They even created a post on Dog Lost with his last known location and two phone numbers to contact if they have any information. “Kavik is a daddy’s boy who may or may not respond when summoned by someone else. If you see him, please phone one of these numbers right away and tell them where you saw him. He’ll be terrified and may require veterinary assistance. Thank you kindly.”
They were heartbroken over the loss of both of their pets, and they were certain they would never see Kavik again.
But eight years later, they received a call about a possible sighting of their long lost dog in Birmingham, 300 miles away.
The staff reached out to Stevie when an emaciated German shepherd mix was brought in that matched the description of Kavik from Dog Lost.
He couldn’t believe what he was hearing and drove nearly four hours the next day to see his beloved puppy again. It just took one look at the scrawny pup for him to recognize Kavik. The now 10-year-old dog recognized his father right away, and tears began to pour.
“He raced over to me and began licking me as if he’d only seen me the day before. It was a bittersweet reunion. I can’t believe he’s been gone for more than eight years, but he’s fit back in nicely,” Stevie told the Metro.
The first night, they slept on the couch together. The next day, Kavik was taken to the vet for blood work and an examination. The vet discovered a tumor on his back that will be removed, in addition to being dehydrated and underweight. Right now, the focus is on feeding him a lot of tiny meals to help him acquire weight. “We’re up for it and doing it with cheerful hearts,” the family added, despite the fact that his path to recovery will be long.
Stevie is calling the unbelievable reunion “a Christmas miracle”. The entire family is overjoyed to have their beloved dog back and plan to ‘pay it forward’.