Facebook_off Twitter_off Pinterest Instagram_off Googleplus_off Youtube_off Emailnewsletter

Welcome to DogHeirs, Where Dogs Are Family! Log in or Sign Up


Widow reunited with stolen pitbull who was a gift from late husband

Dogart_thumb By Ellen | April 04, 2012 | Comments (0)

Nova the pitbull was found in Ukiah and returned to her Arkansas homeSage Mountainfire, intake coordinator at Ukiah's Animal Shelter for Mendicino County Animal Care & Control in California, was working at the shelter on a Saturday in February when a women entered the shelter with a pitbull.

The pitbull had scars on her head and a limp. The woman told the shelter volunteers she had rescued the dog from an abusive situation. She herself was in a similar circumstance and was no longer able to take care of the dog.

Once in the shelter, the dog was scanned for a microchip. The pitbull had one and it was traced back to Haven of the Ozarks Animal Sanctuary, 2500 miles away in Missouri. They called the sanctuary and left a message and the next day they received a call back that the dog, whose name is Nova, was adopted in 2005. They were going to investigate further as they suspected he adopter may have died.

A few days later, Ukiah's shelter received a call from Nova's guardian, Debra. She told them that Nova had been adopted as a companion for her, by her late husband. He died exactly three years ago, to the day. She was overjoyed to hear that the shelter had her long-lost dog.

Sage Mountainfire recounted: "She told us that while dealing with her husband's death, she had gotten several folks to watch her home. When she returned home, many of her possessions were gone. But most heartbreaking was Nova's disappearance. For the past three years, Debra has been grieving for her husband, and also the loss of her beloved dog. 'It is a miracle!' was all she could say, and we agreed completely."

After they determined Debra's home was now in Rogers, Arkansas, the question was how could they reunite the two? Thankfully, the dog-loving community stepped forward to help. One of the shelter's volunteers posted Nova's story on Craigslist, and 23-year-old Mike responded. Mike lives in California, but his family home is in Arkansas. Mike agreed to drive Nova to Arkansas to reunite the dog with Debra.

Other community members helped by making donations for Nova's trip home. Nova suffers from incontinence and needed diapers while traveling, but Mike was unperturbed. Nova was taken to Mike's house prior to their trip so the two travel companions could get acquainted.

On March 15, Mike and Nova set off on their 2500-mile road trip. Mike's usual trip home was a straight drive through with naps in the car, but because of Nova, he booked into a dog-friendly motel along the way, and just two days later he was outside of Debra's home. While the two chatted, Nova settled right in on the couch.

When Debra called Sage a week later to update her as to Nova's progress, she said she was absolutely sure Nova recognized her as soon as they saw each other. Debra told Sage "Nova was curled up at her feet, snoozing, as she spoke. 'It is just amazing!'.

View more articles in: Rescue

You may also like

Blind dog and deaf dog who became best friends at shelter find forever home together

Eve and Dillon are two dogs with disabilities who found each other at a shelter. Photo: Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue/Facebook Two abandoned dogs - one completely deaf and the other completely blind - have a happy ending together thanks to a rescue in California and their adopter. Eve, a deaf and partially blind Catahoula Leopard Dog mix, was found as a puppy in a snow drift and brought to Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue last year....
Read more

Rescued fox sings pretty song (VIDEO)

"Kevie sings a pretty song." Kevie was rescued from a fur farm. She is known as a Cinnamon (not a native red fox) and was born with brittle bones among other birth defects and therefore cannot be let out into the wild. She has found a loving sanctuary and she has a beautiful singing voice. :-)   Related: Talking porcupine loves pumpkin snacks (video) Sea otter has a lot to talk about (video) Sweet dog...
Read more

Formerly abused dog finds her way back to her rescuer after running away from new family to find him

Pepper before and after Pepper had a very rough life until Josh Woodyard rescued her in Houston, Texas. Josh had been alerted about a hoarder and went to investigate. Pepper was in terrible shape when he found her, so he took her in. Josh fostered Pepper, nursed her back to health and paid for her rehabilitation. But Pepper's story took several other twists and turns before the Labrador Retriever / Pointer / Jack Russell Terrier...
Read more

She showed up on his porch, ready to die. But watch what happened next! (VIDEO)

This is a truly heartwarming video of how a starving and abandoned Pit bull mix was healed by her rescuer, and later on returned the favor and helped him heal from a family tragedy. Judy's guardian writes: "This is Judy, an amazing animal. She appeared on my doorstep barely able to move and dying of starvation. This Pit bull mix puppy lay down on my porch to give up the fight. Knowing the reputation of...
Read more

Inbred dog taken from backyard breeder adopted by woman who rescued her

A shockingly disfigured Chihuahua name Rosie was rescued from a backyard breeder on June 20th, 2012. Her rescuer, Cinnamon Muhlbauer, fell in love with the neglected dog and decided to adopt Rosie. Cinnamon says that given her history, she deserved a lifetime of love and adoration. Rosie's Facebook fan page tells the following story: Rosie was liberated from a Woodland Hills, CA backyard breeder/hoarder on June 20, 2012. Rosie was born on Valentine’s Day 2010...
Read more

Comments on this Article

» View all comments

Add Your Comment!

Log in to leave a comment or Create an account

Must See

Questions About Rescue

Follow DogHeirs

Also find us on: DogHeirs on Twitter DogHeirs on Pinterest DogHeirs on Instagram DogHeirs on Google+

Copyright 2014 DogHeirs