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The lost dog finds a new home; the owner receives a life-changing call to reunite them forever.

Memphis, adopted when she was two years old, showed a strong aptitude for exploring. Even though he frequently left his yard and explored the neighborhood, he always returned to his house. According to his owner, Felecia Schoonover, Memphis was an adventurous opportunist who once went on a memorable adventure to a nearby bar. Despite his well-known reputation for friendliness, strangers occasionally cared for him until Schoonover reunited.

dog on couch
PHOTO CREDIT : FELECIA SCHOONOVER

In April 2019, Felecia Schoonover’s kids walked outside to play while she was showering. Memphis thrilled at the chance to go on an additional journey. Memphis was gone when Schoonover got dressed and left the shower. After a week of posting on Facebook, contacting the animal shelter, and conducting thorough neighborhood searches, he needed help. In the following years, Schoonover kept checking the shelter’s Facebook page and website regularly in the hopes of finding him.

dog on couch
PHOTO CREDIT : FELECIA SCHOONOVER

Despite the difficulties, Schoonover remained hopeful about finding Memphis. She unexpectedly found her wish granted in a post by his current family, announcing his recent disappearance. Despite finding him later, Schoonover chose him to stay in his new life. She decided to let him stay since she loved and cared for him, even though she later discovered someone had taken him and sold him to his current family.

dog cuddling with a child
PHOTO CREDIT : FELECIA SCHOONOVER

Though they didn’t want to hurt Memphis’ new family, Schoonover and her children missed him. On the other hand, Schoonover left a note at the neighborhood animal shelter saying she would be happy to take him back if required. She wanted to ensure Memphis had a place to go in case she needed to.

Schoonover said she did not contact the family; she felt he was happy with them. It hurt that he was across town all this time, but relocating him wouldn’t be fair.

dog in car
PHOTO CREDIT : FELECIA SCHOONOVER

Schoonover got the phone call she never expected to receive. When Memphis returned to the shelter, they asked about her desire for him to return. She said yes without hesitation. Finally, Memphis was home after all those years.

dog sleeping
PHOTO CREDIT : FELECIA SCHOONOVER

The thought of caring for two large dogs was too much, even with adopting another dog. Still, they connected right away. Memphis, the same old dog, loves kissing his new “baby sister” and being a part of the original family’s schedule. They are delighted to have him back and enjoy their reunion.

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