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Mike & Bandit 9 months later
It was one of our most compelling and heartwarming stories -- a dog missing from his owner for 5 years was returned thanks to an implanted microchip 10 days before Christmas. The video had over 90,000 views on YouTube and touched viewers around the planet!
So what happened after they left? We got a visit from Mike and Bandit at our adoption center and Mike updated us. He spent a lot of time getting mats groomed out of Bandit's underside when they got home and shortly after coming home, Bandit went to the vet where he got a thorough examination, catch-up on his vaccinations and his senior blood panel. The little guy has a clean bill of health!
Mike is recovery from back surgery for several ruptured discs and still undergoing physical therapy. Although he is restricted to lifting no more than 10 lbs., he assured us that he checked and Bandit weighs in at 9.5 lbs.! He admits that the injury and the time off have been a blessing in disguise as it has given him much more time to be with Bandit and try to make up for lost time!
He confided that he really didn't want all the attention and media interviews, being a pretty private guy. But he touched thousands with his story, never giving up holding out hope for Bandit's return. He also was the perfect example of the value of microchips for pet identification.
To this day, Mike is still moved when he recounts that evening when he received the call about Bandit and still gets teary-eyed. Bandit, on the other hand, is just happy as long as he's with his dad!
Last Updated (Sunday, 11 August 2013 09:38)