MESA, Ariz. — A lost dog has finally been returned home after a two year trek across the United States, and all because of a microchip and many dedicated volunteers.
Rocky, a 5-year-old Boxer, was given to Brittany Romero’s son Aden as a birthday present, and he soon became the family dog. It came as a total surprise when he darted out of their home one night in 2013. Despite exhausting all their efforts to find him, the beloved family pet could not be located.
Not until two years later did they have any word of the then 3-year-old pup. In July 2015, Romero received a phone call she never expected to get.
“I got a call from an animal clinic in Elkhart and being here in Mesa that’s really far away. As soon as I got that call, I jumped out of bed and was so surprised that they had found Rocky.”
3MillionDogs was able to speak to Brittany Romero about Rocky’s incredible journey. She said that for two years, Rocky had been living with another family in Indiana. He somehow got out of their home and was found by a woman who brought him into the clinic to be scanned. Lucky for Romero, she had kept Rocky’s microchip information current, which is how the clinic then contacted her. Romero says that she is extremely supportive of microchipping your pet and suggests that if you don’t have your pet chipped, you should seriously consider it.
“I don’t even have words to explain how amazed and surprised I was. Honestly, I just didn’t think I would see him for a good while, if at all.”
The journey from Mesa to Indiana is approximately 1800 miles, which posed the problem of how to get Rocky home to his family. This is where the amazing people at Highway Heroes Rescue Transport came in. It took 26 “legs” of driving and countless volunteers (some who drove more than one leg), to make the 43 hour drive. Rocky departed Indiana at 10 p.m. on July 24 and arrived home at 8 a.m. on Sunday 26.
Romero stated that Rocky has made some amazing friends along the journey and she couldn’t be more grateful to those who gave their time in an effort to reunite him to his family. When the family saw Rocky for the first time in two years it was a very happy and tearful reunion. Romero states:
“My son was overwhelmed with happiness… as was my daughter, she was about 2 when he went missing, they are both very happy to have him home!”
Romero also said she is very grateful to the family in Indiana who gave Rocky a loving home for the past two years.
For more updates on Rocky, you can follow his Facebook page here.