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A family in Arkansas has finally found their dog, who went missing ten years ago after an animal rescue group found their pet 1,600 kilometers away with a microchip.
Razzle, a black miniature schnauzer, went missing from the Howard family’s home in the town of McRae in 2011.
A video of the touching scene was posted to Facebook on Friday, showing Razzle’s long flight and return trip and the moment he reunited with his family.
“A little older than you probably saw him the last time,” rescuer Jeremy Wade told the Howards as he pulled the dog out of its cage in the small single-engine plane.
“Just a little bit,” Aaron Howard replied.
“It’s Razzle! He exclaimed right after, as Rhonda Howard walked over to him.
The family could then be seen kissing the long-lost puppy, who was eventually found in Stockton, Calif., 1,600 miles from where he went missing from his family’s home in the Ozarks in 2011.
Razzle was then taken to a local shelter at one point, where his health had deteriorated dramatically and his “state of health was so fragile” that he would not have survived a commercial flight as animal cargo, according to Wade.
So, an animal lover and local pilot, Wade agreed to take him from California to Arkansas to reunite him with his family. On Tuesday, Vickey Langley and her sister Rhonda greeted him at home in a tearful reunion.
“Reclaiming Razzle has meant the world to our family,” Langley, who microchipped Razzle for her sister Rhonda Howard in 2005, told the outlet.
“We were overwhelmed by the kindness of everyone who helped bring him home.
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Pictured: Rhonda Howard reunites with Razzle who went missing from the family home in 2011, showing up across California where he was discovered in a shelter
Razzle went missing from the Howard family’s home in the town of McRae in 2011. Pictured after her recovery
The Howard family found their lost dog on Tuesday after a 10-year gap, following an incredible 1,600-mile rescue mission to bring the puppy back from California to Arkansas
Simon and Seth, then aged 5 and 12 respectively, and their dog Razzle (right) before the pup disappeared. Today, at 18 and 25, the two boys were able to hold it again
p class = “mol-para-with-font”> Razzle’s microchip led Pilots N Paws, an animal rescue group, to determine its owners, with the group’s “transport queen” Jennifer Colletto then to contact dog rescuer Wade to bring the dog home.
“It was so wonderful to reach for it and take it out of the crate for them to see it for the first time,” Wade told Fox News.
“I would just like to think of myself as a very small part of a very large chain that has to work all the way to try to reduce the number of homeless or neglected animals,” Wade told Fox News.
Razzle had received “a lot of vet visits … trying to stabilize her health a bit,” for the long trip home.
“His health was precarious when the shelter found him,” Wade said of the start of Razzle’s spectacular rescue across the country.
Pictured: The Howard family tracked down Razzle after the dog’s owners were identified through a microchip scan
Wade said the “dog’s condition was so fragile” that he would not have survived a commercial flight as animal cargo. He therefore offered to transport Razzle himself directly to his home.
Wade is a dog rescuer and amateur airplane pilot with the Pilots N Pups Rescue Group, which reunites lost dogs with their owners across the country.
“It is generally not possible to travel to Arkansas without a stopover, unless [you’re] go to XNA [Northwest Arkansas National Airport] to Fayetteville, where they sometimes have direct flights, ”Wade said.
Their journey began around 3:30 a.m. on July 6, when Wade flew from San Carlos in Southern California to Stockton in Northern California, where Razzle awaited him at the shelter.
After a long five and a half hour flight to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a fuel stop, the two continued the journey for another five and a half hours to Heber Springs, Arkansas, incidentally the city that Wade grew up there, where the Razzle family awaited their arrival.
“And so it was my pleasure to participate in his return home,” he said.