When Moose, a 6-year-old yellow Lab went missing a month ago after running away from the pet sitter, his owner worried she’d never see him again.
Earlier this week, their fears were put to rest when four women out boating in Wisconsin’s Pewaukee Lake spotted Moose bobbing and swimming and set out to rescue him.
“We knew eventually he would get tired, so it was pretty urgent for us to make sure he was okay,” one of the boaters, Jessica Dundon, told local ABC station WISN-TV.
Klaire Nerdahl, said she pulled Moose out of the water and then handed him to her friend, Isabelle Herdeman, who helped create a leash for Moose by using a ring attached to a rope on the boat.
The boaters took the dog to the local police department, where officers contacted the Elmbrook Humane Society, which sent staff members to pick up Moose.
“We brought him back here and went through the normal process of scanning him for a microchip,” Heather Gehrke, Elmbrook Humane Society’s executive director said.
Gehrke said the microchip scanned back to a local resident, Suzy Lesser. A staff member called Lesser, who arrived in minutes to pick up her missing dog.
“I just started crying and bawling,” Lesser said of the call.
Pewaukee Lake just 15 miles from where Moose went missing. Lesser will always wonder what adventures her dog was on while he was away.
“Where was he for the last four weeks? What was he doing?” she said of Moose, who was 15 pounds thinner when found but in otherwise good shape. “We’re very happy to have him back home with us.”
Gehrke opined that Moose’s reunion with his owner is a good reminder to pet owners to not only microchip their pets, but to also keep their contact information updated in the microchip registry.