A Labrador Retriever is back in his home east of the Drayton Valley area thanks to the Grande Prairie Regional Animal Care Facility. Lorna Heacock says her dog Jack was taken from their yard in September 2015. Her and her husband Gord went to social media, put out flyers and even reported him stolen to RCMP.
Employees at the shelter in GP found the dog wandering at large in the Peace Country area and when they scanned his microchip, they were able to contact the owners.
“I couldn’t believe that they really had Jack,” said Heacock. “It was surreal. It was crazy. I started blubbering and explained to them that Jack had been missing for twenty-two months. I said we’d pay whatever it took.”
The couple made their way up to the Peace Country to retrieve him.
“At first, he laid in the back of the car all the way home. He gained a lot of weight. He was 64 pounds when he was taken and weighed about 97 pounds when he came back. He was this huge, big dog. It didn’t feel like our dog, it felt like someone else’s dog.”
They were able to tell it was him when he got back to their home and went for a swim in his favourite dugout.
Heacock says the most helpful thing for their search was having a recent photo of the pup and having him microchipped. She recommends others take those measures as well. Although they are not sure who took their dog or how he ended up in the Grande Prairie area, they are happy to have him back.
Jack was returned in July 2017. He now has a sibling as the two adopted a Pitbull while they were on their search for their lost companion.
Photo credit to Lorna Heacock