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Dog missing for 20 months in Tahoe wilderness is reunited with family

Dog Missing for More Than a Year Returned to Family


FORESTHILL- Murphy the golden retriever, missing for 20 months in the Tahoe National Forest, is finally home, FOX40 reports.

"We had heard the story, and there were bulletins posted, 'missing since October of 2012′," Janice Watkins, who helped catch Murphy, told FOX40.

This past weekend, Janice and her family were at the Lewis Campground in French Meadows, less than five miles from where Murphy went missing, when the wayward dog decided to pay them a visit.

"The dog actually came over and met our dog," Janice's husband, Russ Watkins said.

Murphy stood next to their border collie, Trip, just long enough for them to take hold of the 5-year-old golden retriever.

"Just kinda walked over and grabbed her by the scruff of the neck until we could get a leash on her," Janice said.

"She was very timid. She had her tail tucked most of the time, until halfway through Saturday. Then she started wagging it," Russ said. "She was very sweet."

A Facebook page, dedicated to finding her had this from Murphy's owners:

"Our dearest Family and Friends,

After 20 long months of being in the Tahoe National Forest, Murphy has come home. As you can imagine we are completely shocked and amazed with the miracle of her surviving this long.

We were reunited with Murphy, on Sunday afternoon – Father's Day! She is on the road to recovery.

Words cannot describe how grateful we are."

"It's a good feeling. I'm glad she's back with her owner, because it's an incredible story," Russ said. "What that dog could tell us right now, if she could talk ... because how she survived, I have no idea."

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blackbelt.ron June 20 2014 at 7:42 AM

Dogs are amazing animals.

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greatbirdusa blackbelt.ron June 20 2014 at 7:50 AM

So is the bond between families and their dogs.

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leslie June 20 2014 at 9:28 AM

Had that been my dog, I too would have been lost for 20 months in the wood looking for it! No way could I gone home without him!!!!

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larrykad leslie June 20 2014 at 8:40 PM

Me either.

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onebluebrick leslie June 20 2014 at 10:20 PM

Wonderful.

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clarke2689 June 20 2014 at 9:03 AM

I have a golden, and they are the sweetest and most loyal dog ever. I am so glad the family got her back.God bless this family and Murphy too.

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pbel27 June 18 2014 at 9:12 PM

why not have photos of the owners and the re-uniting with their pet???

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aristocat101 June 20 2014 at 11:27 AM

So amazing dogs are wonderful

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ldismyshp aristocat101 June 20 2014 at 12:04 PM

Leslie,
I totally agree with you. So, he basically rescued himself. The owners gave up and went home.
Like you, I never would have given up. I would have stayed until he was found or I would have been coming back. Even if that meant losing my job or what ever. Where are the owners, did they care, or perhaps he was left on purpose. Many people dump their dogs in the deserts and wilderness on purpose.

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swordplay62 ldismyshp June 20 2014 at 1:07 PM

They made a facebook page and were actively seeking him, but I'm sure they eventually gave up. Like you I would sacrifice my job if I had to to look everyday.

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onebluebrick ldismyshp June 20 2014 at 10:21 PM

Nasty.

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vafilec_39 June 20 2014 at 10:33 AM

What a great story. Dogs have a great sense when it comes to staying alive in a forest. Thank heaven for dog lovers everywhere.

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tbird57lover June 18 2014 at 5:36 PM

Beautiful story!

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Mike June 20 2014 at 12:21 PM

Wonderful news. Good news these days is terrific to see. A miracle!!

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nlcaronrn June 20 2014 at 10:50 AM

Thank you for such a heartwarming story among all the horror going on in this world...
Welcome home Murphy!!!!!

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lakearcher nlcaronrn June 20 2014 at 5:55 PM

Murphy is Irish, you know.

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Viper1ex19 June 20 2014 at 11:01 AM

Cali would be a great place to ship all those illegal immigrants that are pouring over the borders.

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wildlifeartistkc Viper1ex19 June 20 2014 at 11:31 AM

What the hell are u yappin about! IDIOT!

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lakearcher Viper1ex19 June 20 2014 at 5:56 PM

Where's Cali?

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