Max the German Shepherd was just nine months old when he went missing from his Tuscan, Arizona home in September of 2016. His family searched for him for weeks, but he was nowhere to be found. They began to worry that they would never see their beloved puppy ever again, but they did not want to lose hope.
Janet Escarcega, Max’s owner, said she felt like a piece of her had gone missing. She and her family were devastated and feared the worst. But her anxieties were put to rest when she received the phone call that she had been waiting an entire year for.
When the phone rang at 6:30 one morning, Escarcega answered the phone, still half asleep. The person on the other end told her that her dog Max had been found, thanks to his microchip. He was discovered in Livonia, New York, more than 2,300 miles away from his home.
Escarcega couldn’t believe what she heard. She perked right up and went from half asleep to totally awake. This news was a huge weight off her back that she has been carrying for the past year.
They proved that Max was their dog and he was put on a plane to return home and reunite with his family. A year may have passed, but Max recognized his family immediately. He went running up to Escarcega’s son and was so happy, wagging his tail.
It’s unknown what Max has been through the past year he has been gone, and how he even wound up all the way across the country in New York, but what matters most is that he is now safe and back with his loving owners.
If it weren’t for Max’s microchip, he most likely would never have been reunited with his family. This story is a true testament to just how important it is to microchip your pets! It also goes to show that anything is possible and you should never give up hope!