IT WAS A YEAR AND A HALF AFTER HIS BEST FRIEND DOZER WAS STOLEN THAT HE DECIDED TO MOVE ON AND PERHAPS GET ANOTHER DOG.
Adoption was the only option for Richard Brower, he wasn’t to know that by opening his heart he would be led down the road to a remarkable and completely unexpected reunion.
It wasn’t an easy decision to come to by any means, but Richard felt it was time to move on and accept that Dozer, a German Shepard, was gone for good. So a search began through the animal shelters in Alberta, Canada.
While online Richard ended up on the Claresholm Rescue Society’s website searching for a new dog when he got the shock of his life. He found himself staring at a photo of Dozer who was staring right back at him!
“It was the first post that came up, and Dozer was just staring me back in the face, looking pretty much like he did 18 months before, Richard described to CBC News. “And my heart just kind of sank and I started shaking.”
Right away he rang the shelter then made arrangements with his Dad to visit Dozer as he would be driving past the shelter the same day.
As soon as Dozer laid eyes on Richard’s Dad he went berserk, but just to be sure Richard told his Dad to try a special trick to see if it really was Dozer. Richard’s Dad snapped his fingers and Dozer ran to his right-hand side right away and sat down.
Everyone celebrated and both Richard and his father broke down into tears of happiness.
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Richard’s terrible ordeal began 18-months ago when Dozer was stolen from his locked backyard. Richard and his friends searched everywhere for Dozer, but the dog had vanished.
Flash forward and Dozer was found wandering on a farm just two hours away from where Richard lives. A Good Samaritan noticed he was friendly and brought him to Claresholm Rescue Society. No one knows how he got there or who stole him, but it appears that Dozer was cared for in his time away.
Dozer had been at the shelter for a month when Richard saw his picture.
Richard said Dozer is 10 years old now and although he’s sad they lost nearly two years together, he said he is very happy to have his best buddy back.
The day Dozer came home was an emotional one for everyone.
“It was just amazing when he got home. As soon as he got on the block, dad said his tail started wagging, and as soon as he pulled into the driveway I opened the door and he just flew right in and buried his head in my armpit and just started whining like a baby,” Richard told the Canadian broadcaster.
“Friends of mine, I mean, I have friends, we go out riding bikes together, some pretty big tough guys, and they were just bawling their heads off when they found out about Dozer.”