Dog Found Thousands of Miles From Home Reunited With Family

It's hard to believe, but a dog, lost in Jessamine County nearly a month ago, has been found more than a thousand miles away.

Tom and Debbie Griswald's 9-month-old German Shepherd, Trudy, disappeared on April 25th.

Tom tells 27 NEWSFIRST, "I had pretty well decided that Trudy was dead, that the coyotes had gotten her because I couldn't imagine anyone picking up a dog in that good of condition with a collar and not trying to find the owner."

What they didn't know is that a woman had picked up the dog in a restaurant parking lot in Nicholasville and driven it to her home in Texas.

She even renamed the dog Lexie.

But then, on May 1st, the Griswalds got a break in the form of an e-mail from the Texas woman's sister-in-law in Vermont.

Debbie Griswald recalls, "The Vermont woman saw Trudy on Dog and said her sister-in-law picked up a dog, a female German Shepherd , in the Lexington area in April. She wondered if that could be our Trudy."

Luckily, the Griswalds had implanted a micro chip identifier in Trudy, and authorities in Montgomery County, Texas were able to determined that the dog there did indeed belong to the Kentucky couple.

Tom and Debbie now give the lady who took the dog the benefit of the doubt, sort of.

Tom Griswald says, "Misguided Samaritan I think is what I've finally come to call her. I had some other names before."

Police in Texas say the woman will probably not face any charges.
Trudy was flown from Houston to Lexington Thursday night where her grateful owners were waiting to be reunited with her.

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  • by AC Location: Corbin on May 25, 2008 at 08:42 PM
    what was the dog doing running around loose in a restaurant parking lot? why didn't it have tags identifying its owners? i don't understand why so many comments blame the lady from tx. i think the griswalds should be happy someone took pity on the poor dog and took it in!
  • by gisele Location: morehead on May 23, 2008 at 02:48 PM
    I can't believe that the 'lady' from Texas had the nerve to think she could just take the dog, obviously well kept and obviously owned and loved by someone, and keep it. I wonder how she would like it if someone did the same to her? And well, that someone should give her some of her own medicine!!!! The nerve!!!
  • by mel Location: lex on May 23, 2008 at 12:52 PM
    wearing a collar doesn't mean there were tags on it.
  • by SIERRA Location: Nicholasville on May 23, 2008 at 11:57 AM
    Don't be so harsh on the owners because their dog got loose. It happens, especially with puppies. I have 2 dogs and they are older now, but as pups they both went awol a couple of times. Fortunately, they never made it out of our neighborhood. I'm glad they got their pup back, it's terrible not knowing what happened, you always imagine the worst. I don't know why that lady took the dog to Texas; I've found dogs and always tried to return them to their owners. Sometimes they get out while you're at work, or the kids accidentally leave a door or gate open, or they jump out of the car, anything can happen, it doesn't mean the owners are irresponsible, I think having the dog microchipped was very responsible. If the lady had taken the dog to any vet's office or the Jessamine Humane Society they would have scanned for the chip and known where to find it's owners immediately.
  • by k Location: kentucky on May 23, 2008 at 09:52 AM
    to susan from bc cananda...reread article..they are greatful to the womans sister in law..she is the one responsible for the dog getting back. the lady who took the dog and didnt return it is the one they are calling misguided..
  • by Pat Location: Manchester on May 23, 2008 at 08:49 AM
    Congrat's to the owner getting their dog back safe. A lot of dogs are being stolen from S. KY and taken to Ohio where the thiefs are re-registering the dogs with CKC. I have one missing and I fear that's where it might have ended up. I still hope that one day might little fellow might be in the hands of someone who does the right thing and brings him home.
  • by EMR Location: Lex on May 23, 2008 at 08:21 AM
    Pat - you're mistaken - you need to re-read the article - the dog had a collar and had the person been honest - they would have taken the dog back to it's rightful owners. I've done that many times if I see one roaming around.
  • by ??? Location: BATH COUNTY on May 23, 2008 at 06:56 AM
    I am so glad that the dog is home safe and sound and I am also glad that this is just a little bit of good news to report. However, all of the news stations in the Lexington area was sent an e mail regarding a little boy in Bath County that has to go to China for a medical procedure to help him gain sight. In this email there was a web site that told what was wrong with the child and what the surrounding communities were doing for this child. Not one of the news groups have contacted the sender of the email or anyone reagarding this child. The email was not sent to ask the stations for money it was sent to let Kentucky know that there is good news and good people that will join in and help a child. The web site is I am so happy that the Griswalds family pet has returned but, I would also like to see a good story about a little boy and his fight for sight!!!
  • by Pat Location: Lexington on May 23, 2008 at 04:50 AM
    Why was the puppy running loose in a parking lot with not identification tag to start with!!! The owner should be a more responsible! I hope this has taught the owner a lesson! Buy a tag!
  • by Doug Location: Monticello on May 23, 2008 at 04:28 AM
    The dog was touring just like on route 66
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