Jazzy, who’s currently 12 years old, who had been ᴍɪssɪɴɢ for seven ago after getting sᴘᴏᴏᴋᴇᴅ during a fireworks display has been reunited with its doting owner after it was found abandoned in a Florida motel room.
The dog was found last month by Orange County animal control officers. The dog had been in a ᴀʙᴀɴᴅᴏɴᴇᴅ ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ food and water and was ᴜɴᴀʙʟᴇto walk. Jazzy’s family had been searching for their pet pooch since she went ᴍɪssɪɴɢ from their Texas home when she was just five-years-old. Animal control officers discovered the ᴍɪssɪɴɢ dog after they received a ʀᴇᴘᴏʀᴛabout a pup that had been ʟᴇꜰᴛ in a motel room. When officers arrived they said she ‘could ʙᴀʀᴇʟʏ walk,’ and was likely suffering from a ‘ʙᴀᴅ ᴄᴀsᴇ ᴏꜰ ᴀʀᴛʜʀɪᴛɪs.’ The ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇʀs weren’t too ʜᴏᴘᴇꜰᴜʟ about the senior dog’s chances of adoption due to her ʜᴇᴀʟᴛʜ ɪssᴜᴇs, but when they sᴄᴀɴɴᴇᴅ her for a ᴍɪᴄʀᴏᴄʜɪᴘ, they got a big surprise.
Orange County Animal Services shared on Facebook what happened next: “Our staff tracked down the information, and it came back to a family in Texas. When we called them, we gave them the surprise of a lifetime. You see, Jazzy was 12 years old, and she had been five years old when she had gotten sᴘᴏᴏᴋᴇᴅ by fireworks and run away. The family was ᴜɴᴀʙʟᴇ to find her anywhere. They searched for her for a long time, and even after seven years, they never gave up hope. We told them about her ʜᴇᴀʟᴛʜ ɪssᴜᴇs, her current condition, and we let them know their options. They never hesitated. Kerry, Jazzy’s owner, jumped on a plane from Texas to Florida a few days later, and today, we reunited them. We don’t know how Jazzy wound up here in Orlando, or what her life has been like. But after seven years, Jazzy was finally going home.”
During the call, they informed Jazzy’s dad, Kerry Smith, about the health challenges she was facing. The dog’s devoted owner still wanted her, and immediately booked a ticket from Texas to Florida. On Saturday, Smith was finally reunited with his best friend in what was a tear jerking moment that includes loads of licks and doggie kisses. The agency said:” It was incredible to watch Jazzy come to life at her owner’s voice. Kerry was overjoyed and regaled us with stories about her. And Jazzy couldn’t take her eyes off him. She licked his hand again and again and inched her body as close as she could to him. After all those years, her heart still remembered, and was finally whole.”
The Christmas miracle has touched the hearts of the staff at the sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ as well as dog lovers all over the world. They wrote:” Our staff and volunteers have to endure heartache and heartbreak every day. Every now and then though, we get to watch something like this, and it makes every minute worth it. If we could bottle this type of love and give it to every adopter, we would. If we could write a happy ending like this for every one of our animals, we would.” The agency still does not know how Jazzy wound up in Orlando, or what her life has been like. But they said the family searched for her for a long time, and even after seven years, they never gave up hope.
Jazzy is now back at home with her owners just in time for the Christmas holidays. Her legs are getting stronger and she has even been trying to run.