Frankie, a Boston bull terrier from Michigan, was reunited with his owners after a four month journey that took him to the suburbs outside of Chicago, reports the Chicago Tribune
When Frankie had disappeared from his Michigan home in January, his owners, the Shepard family, did everything they could to find him. They canvassed neighborhoods with signs and posters, placed ads in the newspaper and offered a reward for his safe return. As the weeks went by they began to fear the worst, according to the news source.
When Marc Feldstein was walking through a parking lot on May 9, he saw that a dog was following him - that dog was Frankie.
"He was such a sweet dog," Feldstein told the news outlet. "And when a dog follows you around, how could you just ignore it? He was so friendly. And it looked like he was looking for help. He had no collar, no tags, no anything."
He took the dog to the police station and was then escorted to Wheeling Animal Hospital and Pet Resort where they discovered that Frankie had an implanted microchip that could tell them exactly who he belonged to.
Frankie was reunited with his family two days later in front a group of television cameras and immediately recognized his owner.
If a pet goes missing, they are most often found by a stranger and dropped off at a animal shelter or hospital. Making sure they have updated tags or an embedded microchip can help ensure that they are found and returned safely to their homes.