Real-Life "Incredible Journey"

January 23, 2011 | By Josh Loposer | Category: Entertainment | 2 comments
Tags: strange but true, adoption & rescue, entertainment

Lost Shih Tzu Returns After Five Years

From our friends at Paw Nation, we bring you an amazing real-life reunion story.

Though many household hounds have incredible noses, the tracking abilities shown by one California shih tzu can be explained only by the existence of a canine sixth sense -- or a homing device.

Five years ago, Myrna Carrillo's beloved shih tzu, Prince, went missing from her parents' home in California. After an unsuccessful search, Carillo believed that she'd never see her pup again. But when Carillo returned home from work last Wednesday, she got the surprise of a lifetime: The long-lost Prince was sitting on her doorstep -- a doorstep he'd never seen before!

Hard to Believe

During the five years the dog was missing, according to KGET-TV 17 in Bakersfield, Calif., Carrillo got married, had kids, and moved four times. Still, the shih tzu somehow tracked her down.

And Carrillo was able to set aside her disbelief. "I was a bit scared, more than anything," Carrillo tells KGET. "Because I didn't know if I was seeing something or what. I'm just hoping nobody's pulling a prank on me."

Strong Evidence

Right away, the dog seemed to recognize her, but Carrillo wondered, Could it really be the same shih tzu? When he arrived on the doorstep, Prince was a little dirty to say the least. But after a visit by the groomer, the resemblance is reportedly hard to deny, even for Carrillo's veterinarian, Dr. Ann Hamilton of Bakersfield, who noted that the dog's "grizzle coloration is pretty unusual."

Hamilton tells KGET that she thinks the dog is Prince also "because of the black around the face and the fact that he recognizes his name, and he's showing behaviors they had noticed before." Hamilton then pointed out the importance of microchipping your pet.

Read more about this incredible story and see the video of Prince at Paw Nation.

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What do you think of Prince's story? Have you heard about other real-life reunions like this one? Tell us below!

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daryl b.

daryl b.
5 years ago

what a great story. i have heard of them finding their way home from miles away but never to a completly new home.

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5 years ago

This is amazing when I had my cat Lowrence though he disapeared one day and never returned which was very upsetting. Skitters though is a cat sniffing dog when ever I take her for a walk she is the one who finds the cats. And at home if Teddy or Shorty get outside into the backyard and go missing then I let Skitters out and tell her to go find Shorty or go find Teddy and she always brings them back. When I discovered this it was by accident I told Skitters go find the kitty when Shorty was missing one night I tell her that when she wants out and she wants to play with the nieghbors cat. I never exepected her to come back with a cat but a few minutes later she ran to the door with Shorty by her side.

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