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Sacramento-area dog is reunited with owners after a myserious 700-mile journey

A dog that vanished from a Sacramento suburb Tuesday afternoon was reunited with its owner Saturday after turning up more than 700 miles away, unharmed, in Washington state. 

The dog, a 2-year-old Patterdale terrier named Bear, was last seen playing around the family construction business where its owner, 32-year-old Bryan Rapozo, works with his father. 

“Bryan is with Bear every day,” said his father, Bret Rapozo, 51. “It’s like his son. Everywhere Bryan goes, Bear’s with him.” He added, “He was very upset. He told me it’s like someone snatching up one of his kids.”

Bear is “an itty bitty guy,” Rapozo said -– black with a white chest, 20 pounds and 15 inches tall -- and they weren't sure they'd ever see him again. 

On Thursday, they received a call from the Humane Society in Tacoma, Wash. Bear had turned up in a local neighborhood and someone had brought him in. A microchip confirmed his identity.

“He was just overwhelmed,” Bret Rapozo said of his son. “I got goose bumps.”

The Rapozos hopped in the car for the 740-mile drive to Tacoma. On Saturday night they were on their way back home, driving south on the 101 with the dog curled comfortably in his favorite jacket, asleep.

How the dog traveled more than 700 miles in two days is a mystery. The Rapozos think someone snatched him, because his collar and tag were missing.

“Somebody wanted him and was planning on keeping him,” Rapozo said.  “There’s no way he got from there to here on his own. He had to have help. I know he didn’t walk up here.”

-- Christopher Goffard

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Those microchips are a lifesaver for animals and their owners. Our dog is chipped and it was money well spent.

Bryan, if you're reading this...

I am SOOOOOOO happy for you!!!!!!! I know exactly what you were going through when you thought you'd never see your little Bear again! My dog went missing for 3 days and I swear, I couldn't eat or sleep - wondering where he was sleeping, or what he was eating. Thankfully, someone found him and it was the best feeling ever! I tell my dog "Stay with me".... like, aaallll the time. I swear, sometimes he looks at me like, "D@mn it, I KNOW. I made a mistake! Can we let it go now, Mommy?!"


I have another scenario. Someone picked him up and took him and left him by the side of the road. Never had any intention of keeping him. Why? No reason. Because they could.
There is no moral code here. Just calm, cool sociopathic behavior seen over and over again in our society today.

I am glad the owner and pet were reunited, but traveling 700+ miles to recover a lost dog seems ridiculous. After all, it's just a dog which probably forgot about its owner after a few days, and which would have adjusted just fine to its new environment. Why didn't the owner just walk to the local pound and pick up a new pet? Are people that attached to a dog?! It strikes me as unhealthy - I never understood it.

To "Common Sense" about the dog forgetting you in 3 days, you should watch any of the videos of dogs greeting their owners who return from military deployments: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVpSfPTgQ3A

@Common Sense: I can't believe your heartlessness. Obviously you have never owned let alone loved a pet, canine, feline or a bird who would return that love ten fold. No, your nom de plume is not common sense, it is unprintable here.

Common Sense has none


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