Losing a pet can be a stressful time. Not knowing whether or not they're safe and if they'll ever return can be very difficult for a family. But when a pet is found and returned it can be a joyous occasion, Gwynne Wicks found out recently, reports Gothamist.com
Four years ago Gwynne Wicks's dog, Cooper, went missing. After searching for him to no avail, the Wicks all but lost hope. To their surprise, Cooper had been alive this whole time, and only 17 miles from their home.
Cooper was found by a local animal shelter and was taken in. They searched for a microchip that helps establish if the pet has an owner, and they were able to find one which in turn lead them to the Wicks.
Ms Wicks was understandably shocked to learn that her dog was found alive four years after he went missing, but when she went to pick him up it was like he never left.
"He turned around and looked at me and gave me a big lick," she said to the news source. "I said, 'that's him!'"
Having a microchip implanted or using a collar with tags ensures that if your pet ever goes missing, they are more likely to be found and returned than those without any identification.