TV Show Helps Reunite Owner and Dog Separated by Two Years and 700 Miles

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Alma and Leia embrace for the first time in two years.


When Alma Dominguez’s precious dog Leia when missing from her El Paso, Texas home during a rainstorm, she and her husband were heartbroken.  They spent two years searching for her, but it seemed they were never destined to be together again.  The Dominguezes had all but given up hope when a phone call changed everything.

Annmarie Anderson is a dog rescuer in Denver, Colorado.  She received a call from Alma who told her, “You might have my dog.”

Annmarie asked where she was from, and was shocked to hear Alma tell her El Paso.  Could the little dog have really traveled so far?  It seemed difficult to fathom that after two years, and over 600 miles away, Annmarie could have Leia.

The women connected on Facebook and shared pictures of the dog.  Though she was older and a bit fluffier, Leia looked the same.  They spoke on the phone, and Annmarie put Alma on speakerphone so Leia could hear her.

“[Her] little tail was wagging and she was doing the little cry in her throat,” Annmarie said.  “We realized right away that we had the right owner and dog.”

The women were featured on OWN’s series “Lost & Found,” and Alma was finally reunited with her beloved dog.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” Alma said behind tear-soaked cheeks.  “I’d found my Leia.”

It’s unknown how Leia taveled all the way to Colorado.  But all that mattered was bringing her family back together.  Leia was groomed especially for their long-awaited meeting.  A torrent of feelings washed over all involved as they excitedly and anxiously came closer to the reunion.

“When I saw Alma and Leia embracing, I was overwhelmed with emotion,” Annmarie mused.  “I found that you never give up hope.  Just when Alma decided that either Leia had gotten killed or another family had her, Leia was found.”


7 thoughts on “TV Show Helps Reunite Owner and Dog Separated by Two Years and 700 Miles”

  1. Did I miss something? How did these women get in touch with eachother?

    I think it is a wonderful story and so glad but how?

  2. I cannot see the video, it is not available to view in the UK for some reason. Again another reason to tag / microchip your dog. Im glad the dog found her home again. A happy ending.

  3. Thrilled that they were reunited!!! Awesome story. While tagging/microchipping is always a great idea, collars can come off & some places actually don’t have the scanners so it’s not always foolproof…although it’s better to do both, just in case.

  4. I am not at all impressed by the original female owner. the dog istrying to say Hi and just gives her a cursory hello and then ?? hugs the other woman ?
    I would have grabbed my dog & not let her go. WTF ????

    • I was so thankful to Annmarie for finding my dog. If it would not have been for her finding Leia all this would have happened and this video would not be here. I’m totally grateful to her for taking the time and giving of her busy day to bring her into her home and feeding and take care of Leia. She could have just ignored her but she didn’t. Her kindness and willingness to help her is the only reason why I have my Leia home. Don’t missunderstand my greeting my dog being meaningless and quickly going to Annmarie. I owe everything to this amazing lady for the gift she has given back to me. Leia and I have settled right in and I promise you that she is being loved and cared for. I have lost 2 years of her life but you should see her now. She didn’t skip a beat. She is as happy as can be. She is my Miracle. Thanks for watching the video. Sincerly, Alma

      • Hi,Alma

        Can you tell us how id you know your dog might be with Annmarie? I can’t see the video in my country, and every one of the articles I read say nothing about that. I’m asking because there’s always a lot of dogs missing and a lot of them are never found. Maybe if we can know how yours was found, it will help other people. Thanks!


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