Ever since Abby the black Labrador mix had wandered away from their home ten years ago, Debra Suierveld thought that the beloved pup had passed away – until, one decade later, she rejoined the family almost like magic.
Abby had been playing with Suierveld’s kids in the front yard of their Washington Township, Pennsylvania home when she went missing in 2008. When she never returned, the vet who microchipped her had her listed as deceased.
Then last weekend, the hound reappeared on a woman’s front porch in Lower Burrell.
When the lady called the police about the mysterious stray dog, they proceeded to call the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley. The shelter workers checked the dog’s microchip and found that her name was Abby and she belonged to the Suierveld family.
Upon calling the Suiervelds about the recovery of their long lost companion, Debra was speechless. Her 22-year-old daughter, Carly, broke down into tears when she heard the news.
“I didn’t even know what to say. I was like, ‘Oh my goodness,’” Debra told the Tribune Review. “She kind of came back from the dead.”
Despite now being 13 years old, Abby still responds to her name. She does have slight fat deposits and some graying around her muzzle, but this is pretty typical for elderly dogs. Otherwise, her good health suggests that another family has been taking care of her for the last decade.
Regardless of her history, however, the Suiervelds are simply happy to be reunited with their old friend.
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