It’s great that Little Buddy is finally home
It’s always heartbreaking when a dog goes missing, but it’s important to not lose hope: sometimes owners are reunited with their dogs months or even years after they went missing.
That was the case recently, as one family reunited with a dog who went missing over five years ago!
Brian Gilpatrick, from Rayton, Missouri, was the owner of Jack Russell Terrier mix named Little Buddy, whom he adopted from a rescue in 2017, according to KMBC.
But the family was left heartbroken when, about five years ago, the little dog disappeared from their home.
“It’s been so long,” Gilpatrick told the outlet. “We must not have secured the doggie door good enough.”
The family never forgot about Buddy, but as years passed they assumed he was gone for good.
But fast forward nearly six years, when Raytown animal control picked up a stray and brought him to Midwest Animal Rescue.
The rescue noticed that the little dog had a microchip, and were able to identify his owners — and were shocked to find he had been missing for over five years.
They reached out to Gilpatrick and his family, and set up a reunion years in the making. “Over the years they’ve never forgotten about Little Buddy, and never given up hope!” the rescue wrote on Facebook.
“To be able to have a happy ending like this makes all the difference in the world,” Erin Morse of Midwest Animal Rescue told KMBC.
It’s not clear where Little Buddy has been all this time. The rescue said that he appeared to be well-cared for.
The shelter said the story was a reminder to get your pets microchipped, as that is what led to this reunion and so many others like it.
“Just never would have expected after this many years that that microchip would lead to Little Buddy coming home,” Gilpatrick said.
We’re so glad Little Buddy is finally home! Remember to get your pets microchipped so they can be returned to you even years after they go missing!
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6 Most Common Cat Health Problems
Cats are good at self-maintenance. But even your fastidious feline can’t prevent some of these more common cat diseases and health issues.
Vomiting is a very common problem with cats with a multitude of causes. They range from eating something poisonous or inedible (like string), to infection, urinary tract disease, or diabetes to hairballs.
2. Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases (FLUTD)
TSome estimates say as many as 3% of cats seen by vets have feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), which is actually a group of feline diseases with multiple causes.
Straining to urinate
Urinating in unusual places
Crying when urinating
Licking around the urinary area (often because of pain)
Fleas are a very common external feline health problem. But it’s one you can easily treat. Signs your cat has fleas include:
Flea dirt on its skin (they look like tiny black dots)
Red or irritated skin
Skin infections or hot spots