Lost Dog Comes Home Five Years Later, Thirty Pounds Heavier

When his dog disappeared in November of 2005, Kenny Stackman was heartbroken.

When his dog disappeared in November of 2005, Kenny Stackman was heartbroken. The Miami, FL resident was visiting relatives in Hixson, TN during the Thanksgiving holiday when his adopted dog Brandy broke free of her leash and ran.

“She got scared when my cousin hugged me,” Stackman said. “Brandy darted out into the dark.”

Stackman and his family conducted a long term search for the dog,  putting up fliers and contacting local shelters. There was no sign of her to be found. Stackman says he eventually returned to his Miami home feeling hopeless.

“I drove home alone and wasn’t so happy,” he said. “Brandy had been mistreated when I got her, so she was afraid of people, except for me.”

More than five years would pass before they would see each other again.

An unexpected call from McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center in Hixson at the end of April came as a complete surprise to Stackman. A quick scan of a dog dropped off at the shelter had revealed Stackman’s contact information stored in Brandy’s HomeAgain microchip. A family in the area had taken Brandy in, thinking her a stray. They never thought to have her scanned.

“I was told that Brandy had been in a loving home [and that] the person who brought Brandy into the center had to give her up,” he said. “I thank him from the bottom of my heart for taking good care of her.”

Karen Walsh, executive director of the McKamey Center, said all animals that pass through the center are scanned for microchips. “We call it an ID for life,” she said. “The process is lifelong. A collar can be changed.”

Stackman made the trip to pick her up some time ago, and says the two have bonded again. “She is wonderful,” he said. “I rescued another dog after Brandy went missing. They get along like sisters.”

Stackman admits that he does have his work cut out for him: while she was in the care of her adoptive family, Brandy was overfed, and doubled in size. “Back in 2005, she was about 30 pounds. When I got her a few weeks ago, she weighed about 65 pounds,” Stackman said. “She looks like a little pig, but I’m so happy to have her back.”

29 thoughts on “Lost Dog Comes Home Five Years Later, Thirty Pounds Heavier

  1. A microchip also reunited me with my cat, 6 months later! He was half his previous size. Very skinny but we were glad to have him back.

  2. I wish the microchips had a GPS or Navigator in them! Lost dogs depend on kind strangers way too much, imo. We owners deserve a better microchip. I am so happy for this wayward dog, even though he has, obviously, been into human food!

  3. happy that when she ran, she was taken in by a nice family and not just out there on the streets – even more happy she is back home!!!

  4. I’m surprised that the adoptive family didn’t discover the chip on vet visits over the past few years.

  5. I am so happy for you, reading your story brought tears of joy! Have a wonderful life with her ahead of you!

  6. Wow, happy ending. I had a Collie when I was young that got out of the yard and disappeared, but I found her about 6 months later in a yard about 6 blocks from my house.

  7. well, wendy if u loved her u would…i would b thankful if my dog came back with mange or mites with no hair i would be GREATFUL

  8. I have my babies microchiped – the vets don’t seem to scan and get this when one of my dogs was picked up by the pound they didn’t brother to scan. I saw him on pet find – the pound had him two days. They only charged me one day.

  9. CHIP & SUPPORT SCANNING! imo. 🙂 my pibble is chipped but our Co. Shelter dsnt scan,only City. Many shelters dont have&what good are chips if your lost baby isnt hurt(thank Him)&vetted? My grrrls got out&when pibble saw me cry she tucked&went other way…hellish 3wks&shelter chex evry 3days,calls every day. Horrible 🙁

  10. There is no such thing as a GPS microchip! Something like that would have to be RE-CHARGED!! They have GPS collars, which can easily come off…..BUT a microchip is a PERMANENT form of i.d. for your pet. What WE have to do as pet owners is to keep bothering our local vets and shelters….question them on why they don’t scan, the more pressure you put on them, the more likely they are to start doing it! After all, they don’t want to lose business do they? WE, the pet owners, should start contacting our local media and ask to have these places that don’t bother to scan for microchips put on “Front Street”………

  11. Our rescue group chips every dog we adopt out. This is a life saving measure. Most shelters will hold a dog additional days if they have a microchip vs the 2 or 3 day hold.

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