Dog missing 3 years reunited with family

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Portland family had given up hope on finding their lost dog.

But, after three years, they’re telling KOIN 6 News about what they’re calling a “miracle” reunion.

The dog’s name is Taz; he belongs to Brenda Davies and her family. She said Taz got loose or was stolen Halloween night 2010.

“We thought for sure either a coyote got him or he had been taken, stolen,” Davies said. Her children were devastated.

That fear came to an end Monday afternoon, with a call from a veterinarian saying Taz had been found.

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Brenda Davies holds Taz in her arms once again — three years after the pup got loose or was stolen Halloween night 2010 from the family’s southeast Portland home. Aug. 12, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

“It was amazing,” Davies said. “I started crying instantly.”

The build-up to a reunion started on Saturday night. That’s when Good Samaritans Donna and Bruce Cox saw a small dog dart across busy Southeast Flavel Street at 72nd Avenue.

“When we got off work, today, [we] took him to the vet and found out he was chipped,” Donna Cox said. “That was the miracle right there.”

Monday’s reunion between Taz and his long-lost family was an emotional one, nearly three years in the making.

There are some questions that may never be answered: where has Taz been, who has been feeding him, was he in fact stolen? Those questions have been put on hold for now, since a microchip means this little dog gets to go home after a three-year adventure.

As for the Cox’s, they say “they’re just happy, just happy he can be back with his owners.”

For Davies, “it’s so great someone actually did the right thing, took him to the vet, and they scanned him.”

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