It’s a long story with a happy ending: Tremayne Pickering and his dog, Warren, have been reunited almost a year after the chocolate lab went missing during a visit to Julia Davis Park.
Pickering and his pup had stopped off at the Boise park when en route from Portland, Ore., to Minnesota. The dog got away, and Pickering was devastated.
Pickering spent two weeks looking for the dog, said Boisean Leni Soloaga, who fosters dogs facing imminent euthanasia. Soloaga doesn’t know where the dog spent the past year, but a couple months ago he was picked up by an animal control officer in the Southcentral Idaho town of Albion.
“He was in the Burley shelter for about a week and a half until a group of rescuers pulled him out to foster him,” Soloaga said. “His foster (family) called the gas station in Albion and the gas station in Declo several times to see if somebody was looking for the dog because it was obvious that the dog had been taken care of and loved.”
The shelter did not discover that the dog had a microchip — it could be because not all scanners pick up all microchips. The dog was fostered by a family in Jerome for three weeks — and they named him Bear — then transferred to Soloaga. She cared for him a couple weeks, then last weekend found a Kuna couple who wanted to adopt him.
“We should have known when we got the dog, and he was so smart,” Linda Eveland said.
The couple was smart, too, because soon after they adopted him they took him to the vet to get his rabies shot. While there, they asked the vet to check again for a microchip.
They were disappointed that their new dog apparently belong to someone else, so they notified Soloaga. She contacted Home Again, and they notified Pickering that his dog had been found.
“He was crying and overwhelmed,” Soloaga said. “He said that dog meant so much to him, he has been through so much because of his disappearance, and he still had a picture of him in a frame in his home.”
Pickering set off on the 20-hour drive from his home in Minnesota to the Evelands’ home in Kuna. He arrived around noon.
“The dog knew him,” Byron Eveland said. “He called him Warren, and the dog responded to the name.”
The Evelands said they got attached to the dog after just a few days with him, but they’re happy he’s been reunited with Pickering.
“I’m happy, and I’m bummed,” Linda Eveland said. “I’m very happy for him. He was more than thrilled to see his dog again.”
“He thanked us,” Byron Eveland said. “He was in a hurry to get back on the road to get home. I guess he didn’t have any vacation time.” He told the Evelands that he planned to stop off at a friend’s house in Jackson, Wyo.