For the last two weeks Champ, a 7-year-old Husky, has been cooling his paws at the Mesa County Animal Shelter. Animal Services says he was brought in as a stray. Nobody came to claim him so they got on the case.
Penny McCarty with Mesa County Animal Services says, "there was a lot of sleuthing going on." The clues eventually lead them to a vet's office in Houston and then to Jeffery Noble. Noble traveled all the way from Texas to reunite with his best friend.
Two years ago Noble and his family moved to Germany and had to give Champ to a family friend. "Him being a Husky they weren't quite prepared for what kind of responsibility that was," says, Noble.
Champ moved from there to a new home here in Grand Junction where he got loose, was picked up, and taken to the animal shelter. Animal services immediately checked for a tracking chip.
McCarty says, "We found a micro chip but it was not registered." But it was that micro chip that allowed animal services to scan champ and find out that he'd come all the way from Texas. They called several places before finding Champs old Veterinarian. That Vet was able to locate the Nobles. "If we didn't have a chip on him we'd have never seen him again," says Noble.
In Mesa County more than half of all lost dogs are reunited with their owners. McCarty says, "that's largely due to a really successful license program and also to microchips."
Champ now heads home to his new, albeit old family. "We got four kids and two cousins who can't wait to see him. It's a good reunion," says Noble.