Lost Dog Found 1,600 Miles Away Reunited With Family 10 Years Later

A dog who disappeared from his Arkansas family 10 years ago has finally been reunited with his family after being found in California.

Razzle's odyssey finally entered its final chapters on Tuesday, July 6, when pilot Jeremy Wade picked up the pooch on the West Coast in order to return him to his family.

The black miniature schnauzer had somehow managed to end up in the Golden State after making a roughly 1,600-mile journey from his family who live in the Ozarks.

But, Wade made sure to note in a social media post that the 16-year-old Razzle would be returning home to spend his final years with his family, after a bathroom break along the way.

In a Facebook post shared on Tuesday, Wade said: "It's a nice day for a 1,600-mile roadless road trip. It's also a big day for this little dog called Razzle."

"10 years ago, the then 6-year-old dog was lost from his family until he turned up over 1,500 miles away in California and his microchip led back to his family. The amazing dog transport folk out in California knew I sometimes fly to Heber Springs, and now he's getting a ride with me back to his family after all these years.

Wade continued: "He's now a very old dog, but now he can have the sunset of his life back home with his family in the Ozarks. We're stopping in Santa Fe for fuel and bathroom, and then next stop is Heber Springs, Arkansas."

Wade also shared a photo of himself and Razzle, who was placed in a cage for the mammoth journey back to the Ozarks.

Another two videos, uploaded in the same post, showed the moment Razzle was placed in the plane and another of it taking off from the airfield strip.

His post was liked more than 225 times and was shared on more than 140 occasions. The comment section was also flooded with praise for Wade and expressed their excitement for the reunion.

One Facebook user said: "Love this so much, so proud of you Jeremy...Cannot imagine what a reunion that will be for Razzle and his family."

Another added: "What a wonderful world we live in! Kind hearts are everywhere" Welcome home to Heber Springs!"

A third commented: "Totally awesome story. Hope this ending gets even better when Razzle sees his family."

In May, San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office shared a post of a rather shaggy-looking Razzle and said they had managed to locate his family thanks to him being microchipped.

The sheriff's office added why microchipping a pet could prove to be a great option and could help track them down over long distances.

It added in its statement: "This is a great reminder to microchip your pet. Though collars and ID tags can be helpful, they aren't always a reliable form of identification since they can easily fall off or become hard to read over time, leaving your pet among the other unidentified lost strays at shelters.

"This can easily be prevented by the use of microchips which provides your pet with permanent identification."

Newsweek has contacted Wade and San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office for comment.

Razzle is the latest pooch to be reunited with his family, although his odyssey was much longer than most.

Earlier in 2021, a man was reunited with his dog, Jolene, after she was stolen along with many of his belongings shortly after he moved to North Carolina from Michigan.

Another missing pooch was reunited with his family after he vanished from the family backyard in San Antonio, Texas. Chihuahua, King, returned to the family six years after he went missing.

Newsweek has compiled a list of heartwarming stories of dogs being returned to their owners.

Razzle was found in California
Razzle, who was in need of some serious grooming when he was found in May, made an epic journey to California and will be returned to his family in the Ozarks. San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office

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