Bear is one lucky dog. The little black shepherd mix has been rescued twice — and this time, he’s back home after being lost in the woods for two years.
Kelly Thomas and Ted Kupferman had rescued Bear from a shelter, but lost him two years ago, when Ted and Bear were in a car accident.
The crash startled Bear; he bolted from the car, and ran into the woods. Ted spent 12 hours combing the forest, calling out for his “best friend.”
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Ted never found him, but months later, two strangers did.
They fed him twice a day for 13 months, but couldn’t catch him. They finally enlisted some animal rescue groups, built a large pen, and on November 21, trapped him inside.
A microchip embedded in Bear when he was first adopted led rescuers back to Kelly and Ted — and get Bear home — just in time for Thanksgiving.
“I’m still crying over it,” Kupferman told WXIA. “This was not just a dog. This was my best friend; this was my child.”
(WATCH the video below from WXIA) — Photo: Stephanie Sparks, Facebook