LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -A Lawton girl was reunited with her dog after it had been missing for nearly a year.
Jordan Pollard says her Rhodesian ridgeback mix, Tucker, and her Rottweiler mix, Zeus, were playing in her back yard last February when they dug a hole and got loose in the neighborhood.
Pollard contacted all of the area veterinarians and shelters to make them aware the dogs were missing. Two days later, a neighbor found Zeus down the street, but Pollard says Tucker never surfaced. That all changed when they got a call from Texas saying he'd been found.
Pollard credits lots of prayers and a microchip the size of a grain of rice for finding Tucker.
Pollard says after the family dog went missing, she and her family spent their days putting up flyers at local animal shelters and making posts on social media, but never got the response they were hoping for.
"We'd lost hope. After about the fifth month, we thought we wouldn't find him again," Pollard said.
Tucker's absence was also being felt by another member of the family.
"Our other dog, Zeus, sat crying at the window for months after he was gone," Pollard said.
So, they brought in another dog, Bart, a beagle mix, to try and fill the void and it helped a little, even though they constantly wondered what had happened to tucker. But then, out of the blue, several months after they'd stopped searching, and just four days before Christmas, the Pollards got a call from an employee with the animal shelter in Killeen, Texas, who said they'd found tucker.
"We were relieved, we were so happy. He's a part of our family and we would never want a part of our family out in the cold," Pollard said.
Pollard made the 311-mile drive to Killeen to pick up Tucker. The animal shelter couldn't tell Pollard where her dog had been, they didn't even tell her where they picked him up.
"That's still a mystery. It makes me wish he could talk," Pollard said.
Pollard says the other family dog, Zeus, is happy to see a familiar face.
"For about two days, all he would do is go up beside him and go up and lick his face. Tucker was getting annoyed with him for how much love was going," Pollard said.
Pollard says Tucker had a skin rash on his chest when she got him back, but her veterinarian cleared that right up. The Pollards say they may never know where Tucker spent the last 10 months, but now that he's back home, it's a full house with three dogs.
The process of implanting a microchip in your animal is painless, and it costs around $50 for the vet to put it in.