In May 2017, the Peterson family experienced an incredible loss. Their youngest dog, a four-month-old German Shepherd named Cedar, was stolen from their backyard in Florida. The Petersons and their other three other dogs were all devastated by their loss.
The Petersons put posters up all around Miami, but they didn’t hear anything about Cedar. Months and then years went by, and they started thinking they would never see their beloved dog again.
In April 2019, a miracle finally happened. Police officers found Cedar in a ditch in Colorado. The poor dog was malnourished, and her leg was injured. But even though she was in pain, she was as sweet as could be.
The police officers brought the dog to a vet’s office, where she received treatment for her leg injury. They also checked her microchip and learned that she belonged to Petersons.
The vet’s office called the Petersons, and they were shocked to learn that their beloved dog had somehow made her way to Colorado. They were also so happy to know that she was okay!
“I immediately cried,” Tamara Peterson told The Miami Herald. “I couldn’t believe it. I was in shock. It’s almost two years to the day.”
Cedar spent three weeks recovering in Colorado. Then, it was time for her to go home to Florida. A group called Wings of Rescue offered to fly Cedar home.
Wings of Rescue is an animal rescue organization that flies at-risk pets out of disaster areas, and they also rescue pets from overcrowded shelters. The organization offered to fly Cedar home since they were already heading to Florida with 35 puppies they had saved from an overcrowded shelter.
Posted by Wings of Rescue on Friday, April 19, 2019
Almost two years after Cedar was stolen, she finally reunited with her loving family. The Petersons were all so excited to have their sweet girl back!
“Miracles do happen – especially when you microchip your pet(s)!” Wings of Rescue wrote on their Facebook page.
Cedar is still recovering from her ordeal, but she’s doing better and better every day.
The Petersons are giving her tons of love and care, and her dog siblings were also excited to see her. Tamara Paterson says that once Cedar is fully recovered, they plan to take her swimming at one of Fort Lauderdale’s dog beaches.
We may never know what happened to Cedar during her first two years of life, but she’s now back where she belongs with her family who loves her. We’re so glad that Cedar is okay!
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