Soldier and Lost Dog Reunited

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Missing for over two months, Seymour was found recently running loose in Madera County – more than 1000 miles from home.

(Update: 9-25-11 – follow up below)

After he was was taken to the Madera County Animal Shelter a microchip scan left shelter workers baffled: his home in Texas was so far away that nobody knows how Seymour made his way north to California – or what he’s been up to for the past two months. He was fairly well trashed – filthy and covered in burrs, but he’s cleaned up nicely and is ready for the long journey home.

When he was contacted by the shelter, Infantry Specialist E4 Ryan Rivera said he was thrilled to hear that his lost companion had been found. “I really miss him. It hasn’t been normal going back to my mom’s house, walking to the front door and not having him meet me,” said Rivera.

As if losing his dog were not stressful enough, Rivera says he does not have the funds to ship Seymour back home. The shelter is attempting to help raise funds, and we’re sharing Seymour’s story in an effort to ensure that the effort to bring Seymour home does not fall short.

“What we’re trying to do now is raise funds to either fly Seymour home or make some other kind of arrangements because it’s a thousand miles and the soldier wasn’t able to come up with that,” said a shelter employee.

If you would like to help Seymour make his way home to Rivera, please drop off donations at the Madera County Animal Shelter at 14269 Road 28, or mail your donations to: The Friends of the Madera Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 923, Madera, CA 93639.


Update: Seymour’s journey ends exactly as we had hoped it would.


10 thoughts on “Soldier and Lost Dog Reunited”

    • Eh can you explain exactly what it was that I said or did that deserved such a patronising, disgusting and sarcastic response ? I simply said it was suspicious, you don’t think it’s strange or odd when a dog manages to end up 1,000 miles from home ? Jesus christ, can’t say anything these days.

      • what about the cat from Denver that had been missing for 5 years! he turned up in a NYC shelter. Nobody questioned how he got there, just amazement that he was found. your suspicion is unfounded and creepy!

        • Creepy ?? Are you serious ? Get a grip. I said I think it’s suspicious because a dog ended up 1,000 miles away from his home which is true. There are plenty of reasons for being suspicious, he could have been stolen, kidnapped, picked up by an animal shelter in error etc etc there are loads of reasons. That was it. I would think the exact same thing about all other household pets that turn up so far away after such a length of time. End of!

        • Unfortunately lots of the animals have human help along the way. It’s not always malicious either. In Seymore’s case it seems Ryans mother was ill from Chemo and in trusted the neighbor with the dog who then moved to CA with the dog. It ended up stray in CA and was found by the shelter. Ryan just came home to a missing dog that no one could locate. The neighbors did not move the dog with any malice and it was not “stolen” just an unfortunate series of events for both Ryan and Seymore. My heart goes out to soldiers and their pets! We work with PTSD service dogs and they are such a blessing to their handlers. Pets are the same for active duty service members. It is hard to intrust your furry family to others when the military demands your absence. Just glad we could all help then to be reunited!

  1. We have him a ride with a Pilots and Paws volunteer pilot. It has been delayed until wed or thurs but he is flying to a small town near Phoenix and being met by a rescue there that will foster him shortly while Ryan drives up from Fort Bliss to get him. This is NOT suspicious… it has taken a cross country rescue effort involving lots of great people that love dogs and soldiers all day to arrange!!! It’s sure not a joke to us! Donations can still be sent to the shelter listed in the article. Funds will be used to cover Seymore’s care and transportation expenses such as gas…

    • I am very glad that poor little Seymour will be reunited with his original owner soon. I’d love to see a cip of that moment 😀 Lots of happy wags I’m sure.


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