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July 15, 2014

Dog Returns Home After Spending 2 Years in the Wilderness

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Do you remember the movie Homeward Bound? Or perhaps you read the book? 

Well, one family got to experience their very own Homeward Bound story with Murphy, the family dog.

Erin and Nathan Braun were camping in October of 2012 with their family and their dog Murphy. Sadly, Murphy went missing on the trip, and despite attempts to locate the golden retriever through fliers and a Facebook page, Murphy was no where to be found.

After almost 2 years--twenty months, in fact--they received good news. Someone had found Murphy!

A camper who was staying at the French Meadows Reservoir in Tahoe National Forest in California sighted a dog that looked an awful lot like Murphy, and the witness quickly contacted the family.

The family worked hard to track the dog down, but there were several days of unsuccessful searching. It seemed Murphy was missing again. They decided to leave the dog's bed and some of their own personal items, like clothing, with the camper in hopes that Murphy's good nose would lead her back to the area.

A week later, a camper had been able to coax Murphy onto a leash when she was found sleeping on the clothing and belongings that the Brauns had left for her, and in mid-June, the family was able to bring Murphy home!

On Facebook, the Brauns expressed their thankfulness and shock.

"As you can imagine, we are completely shocked and amazed with the miracle of her surviving this long. She is on the road to recovery, very thin and frail but happy to be home with her family. Words cannot describe how grateful we are."

It really is a real-life Homeward Bound tale! It is likely that Murphy spent the nearly 2 years wandering in the forest, perhaps making her way into more developed parts.

Tim McGagin, the kennel manager for a golden retriever rescue and sanctuary organization appropriately named Homeward Bound, was the man who sent out volunteers to rescue Murphy. He says she was slightly emaciated, but was surprisingly doing very well and was far from dying.

"Somebody probably left food out, or left their garage door open. Generally in that area, she wouldn't have made it through the winter months."

Read more of the story here, and watch the video from the TODAY show as well.

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This entry was posted by Kelsey.

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