After two and a half years and more than 2,200 miles apart, a Kentucky woman and her Maltese have finally been reunited.
In an emotional video posted to Facebook, Tammy Crews was reunited with her dog, a Maltese named Trixie.
“Somebody stole her two and a half years ago,” Crews said through tears in the emotional video, taken at an airport in Nashville. “They found her in California this week.”
Crews told the Bowling Green Daily News that when Trixie got out of her Kentucky home in January 2015, the family worried the pup might have been stolen. It's still unclear exactly how the dog disappeared.
Trixie, now roughly 13 years old, had just had surgery before vanishing. Crews posted flyers locally and even knocked on neighbors’ doors seeking help.
Crews, who also has three other dogs at home, said she remained hopeful that one day she would be reunited with their Maltese. Trixie was microchipped, which, if anyone brought the dog to a veterinarian or animal shelter, would trace her back to the address registered on the chip.
Trixie’s microchip was scanned in Turlock, Calif., after the pup was found wandering around a Walmart parking lot.
“It was like winning the dog lottery for them,” Turlock Animal Services Supervisor Glena Jackson told The Modesto Bee.
Jackson contacted Crews, and then drove more than two hours to Sacramento to put Trixie on a flight to Nashville, where her family was finally reunited with her.
“We wouldn’t have got her back without the microchip,” Tammy’s husband, Thad, said, emphasizing the importance of the small tracking device in pets.
After years apart, Trixie’s settling back into the home she once knew, with Crews, her husband and their son, and her three dog siblings.
“I can’t believe that this is our story,” Crews said, still taken aback at being reunited with Trixie once again.