Homeward Bound: Rocco’s Safe Return

When Bo was younger he used to be a bit of a Houdini, escaping on occasion. My wife and I would be in a state...

When Bo was younger he used to be a bit of a Houdini, escaping on occasion. My wife and I would be in a state of panic until he was home safe. Luckily, Bo’s usual MO was playing in the woods for a few hours and then when he was tired, walking up to our front door and going “woof”. We’re pretty sure that translates into “Hello, I’m home. Where’s my treat for coming back?”.

I can’t imagine what the owners of Rocco the beagle had to go through after he disappeared for a long five years. Here’s the heartwarming story.

Rocco, a beagle from Queens, went missing for five years. When her beagle, Rocco, squeezed himself under the backyard gate and disappeared into the streets of Queens, 5-year-old Natalie Villacis refused to believe – as her parents reluctantly told her – that she would never see the puppy again.

What a horrible ordeal for both puppy and family.

Someone dropped Rocco off as a stray at the Liberty County Animal Control in Hinseville on July 5, supervisor Randy Durrence said.

Last weekend, Rocco came home – after being found in Georgia. The prodigal pooch turned up in a shelter 850 miles away in Hinesville, and by a combination of chance and chip – the one embedded in his back – was reunited with Natalie, now 11, and her family.

This story goes to show the importance of microchipping your friend.

Jorge flew down to Georgia, and though he didn’t quite recognize Rocco, was pleased to see that aside from a scratch on his ear, he was in perfect health.

“I don’t think he recognized me, but I told him I loved him as much as always,” she said. “Rocco seemed a little confused, but happy. He looked at me like, ‘I don’t know who you are, but I love you, too.’ “

I love happy endings!!

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