Manuel Vejar, of Tulare, California, joined the Navy in 2009 and has served for the past 11 years.
Back in 2011, Vejar adopted a Siberian Husky puppy named Champ while he was on deployment. When he visited home in 2013, he reunited with his beloved pup.
But a year later, Vejar’s mom told him that Champ had somehow escaped their house and ran away.
Vejar and his family looked everywhere for Champ, but to no avail. They checked all of the places they thought he may have gone to, and continued to look for him from months. He even reported Champ missing to his microchip registry.
As the months turned into years, Vejar feared the worst and thought he’d never see his Champ ever again.
Fast forward to seven years later, on July 10, when Vejar received a knock on his door. It was a Tulare Animal Control Officer who asked him if he knew a dog named Champ.
It turns out that Champ had been found 13 miles away by a farmer, who spotted him running around on his ranch.
The farmer became friends with Champ and would feed and care for him each day for about a month. When he discovered that the dog had a limp in his leg, he brought him to the vet.
That’s when they scanned for a microchip and were able to get in touch with Vejar.
Vejar immediately went to the animal hospital to reunite with his dog. It was a heartwarming reunion that was seven years in the making!
As far as Champ’s limp goes, his elbow is out of place and will likely require surgery in the near future.
Champ is now resting at home and he and Vejar are making up for lost time together.