German Shepherd Reunited With Family After Three Years and 2,500 Miles Apart

Rico was picked up by animal control and thanks to his microchip, his owner was contacted. Transportation was arranged and Rico boarded a plane headed back home.

Andrea Arce and her two young daughters thought three years ago was the last time they would see their beloved German Shepherd named Rico, but on May 3, 2015, the family was reunited once again with their dog. The pet however, did have to travel 2,500 miles from Virginia to San Diego to see his family.

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Three years ago Arce went through a bad breakup, and her former partner kept the dog. Ever since that day Arce knew nothing of her pet, let alone that during the past three years the dog somehow traveled to Virginia and got lost.

Rico was picked up by animal control and thanks to his microchip Arce was contacted. Transportation was arranged and Rico boarded a plane headed back home.

Filled with emotions Arce arrived at the airport with her daughters to pick up their pet. The children, ages eight and six, had no idea who they were picking up but as soon as they saw the dog they recognized their four-legged friend.

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“I missed you so much!” said one of the girls.

Rico scratched and whined inside his crate until he was set free to jump into the arms of his beloved owner.

“We never forgot him and he never forgot us,” said Arce.

Watch the emotional reunion.

30 thoughts on “German Shepherd Reunited With Family After Three Years and 2,500 Miles Apart

  1. Funny how this is a german shepherd, like the one in that photo caught were a family drove away after abandoning their german shepherd. Makes you think.

  2. Awesome…but why 3 yrs with a microchip??? Doesnt anyone check for them..I know a woman whose dog was found in the desert in Arizona w chip but no one had the equipment to scan her she saw her on FB and had to purchase the scanner for them to find if this was HER Ridgeback!! She drove 12 hours to get her very badly abused dog back…shed been looking for almost a yr and its shameful that it took so long!!!! Happy Ending but sad story

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