AZ runaway dog reunited with PDX owner

AZ runaway dog reunited with PDX owner

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by Wayne Havrelly, KGW.com

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Posted on July 10, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 12 at 10:46 AM

How did a 10 pound Pomeranian travel all the way from the Arizona desert to the Portland area?

The answer will likely remain a mystery, yet Sophie's owner doesn't mind at all.

" I'm overwhelmed, excited, grateful and very blessed," said Shannon Reyes.

She says Sophie bolted from their home in Chandler, Ariz., when Shannon's husband took out the garbage back in October. The Reyes family searched frantically for months.

" I really didn't think I would ever see her again, but I always did keep hope that if someone picks her up they would care for her and give her a good life," said Reyes.

Someone dropped the dog off at the Bonnie L. Hayes Animal Shelter in Hillsboro on Wednesday.

"We don't know if the person who brought her in was the one who picked her up or if it was two or three people down the line," said Washington County Animal Services Director Deborah Wood.

"People make stories up in their head, they convince themselves a cute little dog was dumped so they keep it, they need to take them to shelters."

The shelter was able to locate the Reyes family in Arizona thanks to a microchip implant that the dog received when she was a puppy.

"If it were not for the chip I'd would have never seen her again," said an emotional Reyes.

The Reyes family couldn't afford to fly to Portland because of a recent layoff.

However, viewers of KGW's sister station in Phoenix donated money and frequent flyer miles to pay for Saturday's reunion.

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