FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (CBS) – It’s an unlikely moment that Renee Perry had been thinking about for five years: a reunion with her foster dog, Bay.
“I loved to think about what it would be like to bring her back. It was a pleasant surprise. I mean a shock. A complete shock, ”Perry told WBZ-TV in Boston.
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Bay was missing from a dog sitter’s home in Framingham in June 2016 when she was 1½ years old. “To get her back … I think it’s an understatement to say it’s a miracle because it’s just insane. It’s surreal, ”said Perry.
Search efforts were in vain. Even so, Perry remained hopeful and received an unexpected call on Tuesday. Her dog had been found in Needham, about 10 miles from where she was missing.
“I didn’t believe it at first. I saw the pictures and it looked like her, but her nose was darker; it just looked heavier; She just looked different, ”Perry said.
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A couple found the dog wandering outside their home and turned to Missing Dogs Massachusetts, a nonprofit that works to reunite missing dogs with their families. MDM then set up a kennel trap in the couple’s yard.
“It was probably within a couple of hours after we caught her and microchipped her that we found out her story. As soon as Renee got home from work, she was reunited with her,” said Deb Newport, a Missing Dogs volunteer Massachusetts.
“I am forever grateful for the family who let her put a cage in her yard,” said Perry.
On Tuesday, Perry took Bay to the vet for a check-up and vaccination. After all, she is a healthy and brave bitch. “I’m amazed she survived five winters in New England. But yeah, a resilient little dog, ”said Danielle Matthew, a Missing Dogs Massachusetts volunteer.
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“Take these small steps. Put the leash back on and try to get her to walk on the leash and that is our goal to pick up where we left off five years ago, ”Perry said.