Although Christmas has come and gone, I came across this heartwarming story several days ago about a lost dog who made it home for the holidays – eight years later! It touched my heart, and also reinforced my appreciation for microchipping. I am so glad Frasier can be scanned, just like a little bargain puppy, in case of an emergency.
Take a peek at these excerpts from the story. They will melt your heart.
Frankie Pruitt was 7 when his dad passed a sign for puppies and decided, on a whim, to take one home. He told Frankie not to tell his mom. They had plenty of room for another dog on their 100-acre alpaca and horse farm near Fredericksburg. But Kristen Pruitt said she didn’t want a pit bull in the house with her children; it seemed too dangerous.
“Then I saw her, and she was so small, and so ugly, and so cute,” she said.
And sweet: That’s why they named her Petunia.
The sandy-and-white dog slept with Frankie, wiggling up to his pillow during the night, snoring her head off. She ran free, following him around the place, an old family farm that played a role in the Civil War battle of Chancellorsville, with a pond, tall magnolias and horse fences crisscrossing the fields.
But as soon as they got back to the farm and let her out of the car, Petunia seemed to know she was home. Her tail was wagging so fast it’s invisible in the photos they took. She touched noses with Booboo, their tiny fluffy Maltese-toy poodle, then raced into the house right to the spot where her water bowl had always been.
Moral of the story: get your pet microchipped! It is so worth it, and how Petunia made it home after being picked up by a Good Samaritan.