After six years of separation, a long lost dog and its owner have been reunited. Princess, a Bichon Frise, had been roaming backyard of her owner April Allen’s Pomona, California home in February of 2006 when she dug a hole under a fence and went missing.
“She was outside in the backyard playing with my friend’s little dog,” Allen told ABC News. “We were inside and next thing you know they were gone.”
Both of the family’s dogs had disappeared from their back yard.
“I made flyers and all that, but I never found her. That was it,” said Allen. “What could I do? I only had her about nine months when she got away.”
Last week, Allen was floored by a surprise phone call. The pound had called to tell her Princess was still alive. They had located Allen’s contact information on the microchip implanted in her dog.
“I was like, no way, oh my gosh, that’s crazy!” Allen said. “I just couldn’t believe it. Almost six years later you never would’ve thought getting a call like that.”
A woman and her daughter had found Princess wandering in Riverside. Allen spoke with them after the shelter called, and before making a hurried trip to Riverside to pick up her lost dog.
“As soon as I got to her house, princess jumped on my lap,” said Allen with excitement. “She remembered me, it was just crazy.”
Animal Services Director Robert Miller said that more happy reunions like this would be possible if dog owners were vigilant about having pets microchipped. “We hope that one day every pet will have a chip, ensuring all of us of even more happy reunions,” Miller said.