Missing Dog Reunited With Arkansas Owner After 7 Years

A dog that went missing seven years ago in northwest Arkansas soon will be reunited with its owner.

The Rogers Morning News reports that Andrew Navarette's Shih Tzu, Mimi, disappeared from his Rogers backyard seven years ago. Navarette was unable to find Mimi despite a microchip containing his contact information implanted in her neck.

KHOG TV says Kim Rafter, also of Rogers, subsequently acquired Mimi in good faith, renamed her Gizmo, and has cared for her since.

Navarette meanwhile moved to Woodlake, Calif.

Mimi turned up at an animal shelter on Saturday after Rafters lost her. Officials found the microchip and contacted Navarette.

Assistant shelter manager Matt Colston says a happy Navarette is paying for her to be shipped to California.

Shelter manager Bud Norman says Mimi is healthy.