It was a reunion fit for a King — a Chihuahua mix who vanished six years ago. The woman could finally reunite with Chihuahua, found 1,360 miles away in Florida.
Debi Vazquez and her daughter Danae let their three dogs out of their San Antonio yard to relieve themselves on a fateful day in June 2014, KSAT reported.
But only the two pit bulls returned when the family called them back.
“There wasn’t any barking or anything and there are no holes in the fence. He was just gone,” Vazquez told the station.
“We had no idea what happened to him. I went to all the vet clinics and tried everything. I made fliers and drove around the neighborhood and checked at the Humane Society. Everything,” she added.
How She Was to Reunite with Chihuaha
After losing hope of ever seeing the adorable pooch again, Vazquez got an out-of-the-blue voicemail from the Broward County Humane Society in Fort Lauderdale on Oct. 25.
Then, King was found — thanks to his scanned microchip.
“It was my birthday. I thought it was someone playing a joke on me,” Vazquez told KSAT. “It was just a miracle. One of my dogs had just died — we had to put her down because she had cancer.”
The Microchip that Saved the Day
Danae said about Cookie: “She brought King home to us 13 days after her passing.”
Eventually, she and her mom decided to make the 1,360-mile trek to pick up their long-lost King, who they believed had been stolen.
Then, “It took nearly 23 hours for us to drive all the way there,” Danae told KSAT. “We would take turns driving.”
She said that when they finally got to the BCHS, “all these news stations were there — we felt like King didn’t recognize us right away because of all the cameras, but once we walked out of the shelter, he knew us immediately.”
The shelter kindly provided the threesome a free hotel stay overnight to rest before their long drive back.
“We had to park for four hours at a Buc-ee’s because of Hurricane Zeta. There were tornadoes all around us,” Danae said, referring to a local convenience store chain.
The Heartwarming Ending
King has been treated like royalty after coming back home, where he also reunited with the surviving pit bull, Rocky — and even got his own Instagram page.
“I’ve had him since he was born. I had his mom and he was born inside the house,” Vazquez said about the 15-year-old pooch with a new lease on life.