On April 7, 2007, Joshua Edwards’ beloved Rottweiler, Duke, vanished from his home in Coconut Grove, Florida. The dog wasn’t even a year old.
Joshua was beyond distressed and did everything in his power to find Duke. But the more time passed, the more disheartened Joshua became. He figured he’d never see his beloved dog again.
A dog owner’s biggest fear is losing their beloved friend. But unfortunately, it can happen.
Joshua Edwards’ wonderful Rottweiler, Duke, wasn’t even a year old when the unthinkable happened. Duke disappeared from his backyard and never returned.
Joshua had more or less given up hope of ever seeing his dear dog again. But eight years after the disappearance, he got a call…
It was from a veterinary clinic that — miraculously — had managed to trace Duke back to him. A woman had seen a dog Rottweiler walking alone along a street. She did the only right thing and contacted a veterinarian, who in turn traced the dog’s microchip to Joshua.
Joshua didn’t think it could possibly be true after so much time. And he certainly didn’t want to raise any false hope.
So when he went to the vet to see if the dog was really Duke, Joshua was obviously nervous.
When the door opened, he held his breath.
When the Rottweiler in question stepped through the door, it definitely was Duke! Joshua was overcome with emotion. And Duke instantly recognized his owner again after eight years away.
“I think he knew who I was right away. I never thought I would see him again,” Joshua told the Miami Herald.
The veterinarian who connected Joshua and Duke says that the clinic has had similar cases before, but they occurred after a few days or weeks.
Eight years is unprecedented. But thanks to the microchip, it was possible.
“This just proves the system works,” the veterinarian told the newspaper.
Where Duke has been all these years, we’ll probably never know. But the fact that he’s finally back warms my heart.
“I wish he could talk and tell us what happened,” Joshua said.
At the same time, Joshua points out that in any case, someone has taken good care of him all those years. Duke was in very good condition when he returned.
Check out the moment when Joshua reunites with his beloved dog after eight years here:
Stories like this always make me so happy. It’s amazing to see the love that exists between dogs and humans. Please share this video and give your friends something to smile about today!