Windy Blows Back Home

Dog reunited with humans after 9 months missing

By Bruce Felps
|  Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011  |  Updated 11:51 AM CDT
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After 9 months Windy the dog and Sarah Carroll are reunited thanks to a chip implanted in the pup.

After 9 months Windy the dog and Sarah Carroll are reunited thanks to a chip implanted in the pup.

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by Bruce Felps

Sarah Carroll reluctantly admitted she abandoned hope of again seeing her dog Windy alive.

Windy went missing more than nine months ago, a few days shy of Christmas, when Carroll’s son left open the door to their Garland apartment. Carroll’s fear, she said, was that the dog might have been hit by a car or snatched up for use as training bait in a dog fighting ring.

Sept. 30, though, brought unexpected and welcomed news. Garland Animal Services called Carroll to say a microchip scan identified a dog in their care as Windy, and the wheels of reunion began to turn, fast.

That emotional reunion was captured on video, and it’s pretty clear Windy recognized her human.

Diana Oats, animal services manager for Garland, said animal services officers picked up Windy near the Carroll family’s former residence — the Carrolls had since moved to Dallas — and the dog might have been looking for the last home she knew.

Whatever Windy’s tale, Sarah Carroll of Garland then Dallas, and Windy of Garland, points unknown, Garland, and now Dallas, experienced the happiest of reunions because of a microchip.

Hello pet-people, a microchip. Are you listening?

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He loves a happy [sniff] ending.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NBC, NBC 5, NBCDFW.com or its employees.

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