In June of 2009, Louise Friedlander was visiting Fort Myers Beach in Florida with her two-year-old Yorkshire terrier named Tessa.
Unfortunately, Tessa went missing after someone left a gate open. Friedlander searched for Tessa for hours, but she was nowhere to be found. For months, Friedlander posted flyers all over the beach, searched nearby neighborhoods with friends, and put ads in the newspaper.
Tessa was wearing a collar with Friedlander’s information on it and she was also microchipped, but months later, Friedlander hadn’t heard from anyone regarding her pup. At this point, she never thought she’d see her beloved dog ever again.
But eight years later, Friedlander received the phone call that she has been waiting for – Tessa had been found! On the other end of the phone was an animal control officer who told her that Tessa was found wandering around outside of a Cape Coral Fire Department.
Friedlander couldn’t believe it. She immediately went to Lee County Domestic Animal Services in Fort Myers to reunite with her furry best friend. Staff brought her to Tessa’s cage to make sure she was her dog.
“I said, ‘Tessa, It’s Mama!’ She jumped up on the cage and she wagged her tail and licked my hand and she smiled, like a Pepsodent smile,” Friedlander told Naples Daily News.
Tessa received shots and was spayed before she was able to go home. Now ten years old, Tessa had to have 17 teeth pulled due to infection, but she is otherwise a very happy and healthy dog.
Friedlander is so happy to have Tessa back, but she doesn’t believe that the timing was a coincidence. Her other Yorkie, Ted, had to be put to sleep a week prior to Tessa being found. Friedlander believes that it was a miracle and that Ted brought her back.
Friedlander also has two other Yorkies – seven-year-old Nick and five-year-old Mia. Tessa gets along great with them and loves to play with them.
“I love my kids. I don’t have children, so these are my kids,” Friedlander told Naples Daily News. “Tessa is back and, oh my gosh, she has a very domineering personality. She’s really a character, but they all get along.”
Friedlander hopes this story encourages owners to microchip their pets. It could make or break a reunion with lost pets!