MIAMI — A microchip and a Good Samaritan helped to reunite a Florida man and his missing dog after eight years.
Joshua Edwards and his now 9-year-old, 120-pound Rottweiler named Duke were brought together again Tuesday at Tamiami Animal Hospital.
"I think he knew who I was right away," said Edwards, who last saw Duke in 2007, when the dog was just a puppy and was stolen from his backyard in the Shenandoah area. "I never thought I would see him again."
The Miami Herald reports (http://hrld.us/1FzVYpv) Maria Elena Cartaya spotted the dog last week wandering the streets along Southwest 137th Avenue. She took him to Tamiami Animal Hospital, where staff checked him for a microchip.
"We always hope the animals have chips," veterinarian Juan Santamarina said. He said the dog looked like he had been cared for and only recently ended up on the streets.
Cartaya, with the help of the vet's office, tracked down Edwards, who was listed as the dog's owner on the microchip.
Edwards took Duke home, where he joined the family's three other dogs and met Edward's wife and two young sons.
Edwards said he wishes Duke, who's obviously older now and suffered from hip problems, could tell him where he has been and what happened.
"But it's definitely him," he said, pointing out a skin flap near his nose. "He is definitely the same goofball."
Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com