This touching story is proof that you should always be hopeful. While it starts off with a sad loss, it has a happy ending.
It all started in 2012 when Stevie Rodger’s two dogs, Kavik and Konan, were let outside of his home in Scotland to go to the bathroom, but managed to slip out of the gate. He searched the area and found they had wandered onto a farmer’s sheep field.
The farmer mercilessly shot both the dogs, instantly killing Konan. Kavik was injured but fortunately managed to run away.
The family searched the area for months, posting signs and offering a reward, but there was no hope. They even made a post on Dog Lost, listing his last seen location and two phone numbers to call with any information. “Kavik is his daddy’s boy and may not come when called by another person. If you see him please call either of these numbers immediately with the location you have seen him in. He will be scared and may be in need of Veterinary attention. Thank you very much.”
They thought they would never see Kavik again.
But eight years later, an unexpected miracle happened. They received a call about a possible sighting of their long lost dog in Birmingham, 300 miles away.
A weak German shepherd mix was brought in and fit the description of Kavik on Dog Lost, so the staff reached out to Stevie.
He couldn’t believe what he was hearing and the next day drove over four hours to see his beloved dog. All it took was one look at the tiny pup for him to know it was Kavik. The now 10-year-old dog instantly recognized his dad and the tears of joy started to flow.
“He came running over to me and started licking me like he’d seen me just yesterday. It was a very emotional reunion. I can’t quite believe it’s been more than eight years that he’s been gone but he has settled back in fine,” Stevie told the Metro.
The two slept together on the couch the first night. Kavik was taken to the vet the following day for blood work and to be examined. Aside from being dehydrated and underweight, the vet noticed a growth on his back that will be removed. The focus right now is to feed him many small meals to help him recover his weight. While his road to healing will be long, the family said, “we’re up for it and doing it with happy hearts.”
Stevie is calling the unbelievable reunion “a Christmas miracle”. The entire family is overjoyed to have their beloved dog back and plan to ‘pay it forward’.