Being home never felt so good for both of them.

A man from Lansing, Michigan thought it was a complete prank when he received a call telling him his family’s cherished dog had been found in Toledo, Ohio. That’s over 100 miles away.

That’s a long way to go for the four-legged animal. Right?

“I was stunned,” Bradley Wieferich told The Blade. Not long-ago Toledo police found “Bambi” who is now 12, wandering a city neighborhood.


Bambi was taken to Lucas County Canine Care & Control, where an employee happened to scan Bambi’s microchip. The employee discovered that this beautiful dog had a family to return to.

“She was very thin, but very sweet,” said Laura Simmons-Wark, community outreach coordinator for the shelter. “Who knows where she’s been all this time. We have no idea how she made it all the way down here.”

Bambi was finally reunited with the Wieferich family. Bradley Wieferich said he couldn’t find Bambi right away. He was walking past the cages in the shelter when he came upon a dog with familiar markings on the muzzle.

Next thing you know Bambi lets out a loud howl and starts bouncing around with total excitement. “She was ready to come home,” he said with a smile from ear to ear.

The Wieferich family adopted Bambi when she was 7 or 8 months old. She started to escape the yard after the family’s Golden Retriever died suddenly of cancer. I guess it was her way of coping with the loss.

To provide Bambi with companionship Bradley bought another dog thinking that would solve the problem. However, 6 months later, she ran away again.

Frantically the family searched long and hard for Bambi, but they could not find her. They assumed she was put into a shelter and adopted or worse… she had died.

Wieferich told The Blade that Bambi remembers many of her old tricks and has settled in nicely.

“I’m really amazed that she’s back,” he said as his eyes welled up with tears.

Simmons-Wark said Bambi’s story shows the importance of always micro-chipping your pets. Stray animals should always be scanned when they’re found.

“Not all stray dogs are homeless,” Simmons-Wark said. “Some are just lost.”

Welcome home Bambi! Welcome home…

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