Dog Returns To Vet Who Neutered Him, Then Reunited With Family

RadarMost dogs run as far away as possible from a veterinarian’s office especially if they have had the “operation”. But Radar ran towards one.

A Missouri veterinarian, Steve Walstad, boarded Radar and neutered him at his animal hospital while the dog’s owner was out of town. When the owner came back to pick up the black, mixed-breed dog, Radar seemed a bit reluctant to leave.

Three days later, Radar jumped the fence at his owner’s house and ran the mile back to Walstad’s office.

“I opened the door of the clinic and he ran right inside, into the back and settled right into his cage like he belonged there,” Walstad said. “I gave him some food and water and a hug, and he looked as happy as he could be.”

Walstad was completely amazed that Radar found his way back to the animal hospital especially since Radar had never been to the office by foot. But somehow he was able to locate the office and waited patiently there for someone to open the building. (He definitely deserves the name “Radar”.)

The veterinarian said he has never heard of a dog going back to a vet’s office by himself.

Radar’s owner had been looking for a new home and offered to allow Walstad to keep the dog.

Walstad said that Radar will be the veterinary office dog now and will be able to roam around the office and play with the other dogs in the yard.

“We’re going to call him ours now,” Walstad said.

After the original news story ran on Monday morning, a family recognized Radar’s picture and knew that the dog in picture was actually their dog named Happy.

The Bowman family had been missing their dog Happy since he disappeared seven months ago. They searched all over for their dog, put up lost dog ads and went door to door to see if anyone had seen Happy. But no one had. And the Bowmans assumed Happy was gone.

When Misty Bowman saw Radar/Happy’s picture in the local newspaper about his story of returning to the vet, she instantly knew the dog was Happy.

Bowman called the vet’s office to tell Walstad that Radar was actually her dog Happy and said that her children didn’t know that Happy was alive still and if he insisted, he could keep the dog. But Walstad was excited that Happy could be reunited with his rightful owners.

Happy went home and Bowman said he became excited as they got closer to the house. She said that he knew where he was at — home.

Source: The Joplin Globe
, Associated Press
(Thanks Klondike)

9 Responses to “Dog Returns To Vet Who Neutered Him, Then Reunited With Family”

  1. Lis says:

    Truly, a Happy outcome!

  2. Lynne says:

    Yes, truly a Happy outcome. Happy knew perfectly well where he belonged. :)

    Now how did that other “owner” end up with him?

  3. Poodlluver says:

    Too funny…this story made me smile.
    Its nice to know that there are still happy endings out there, in spite of so many bad ones these days.

    Wish I lived closer to this veterinarian! He would have a new client! ;)

  4. Nora and Rufus says:

    Gosh. This shows how intelligent Radar truly is and was so hoping that his “real” owner would come for him. Tells you what really goes through the minds of dogs at the shelters for any given reason and how they crave and pine for someome to please to God rescue them and take them HOME.

  5. kathy says:

    Sounds like he knew he was a stolen dog, and didn’t like where he was at!

  6. mr_ed says:

    I got pretty confused from having the two stories mushed together. It would help to at least put something at the top that there are two parts to the whole “tail.”

    Here’s the second newspaper article, where Radar becomes Happy and goes back to his first home.

  7. Cathy says:

    I think Radar would have been happiest as the vet’s dog. He knew where he wanted to be. I pray the first home (where he was returned) is kind to him and that they are responsible pet guardians. Hopefully, the doctor will check on him periodically.

  8. mittens says:

    i’ve never doubted a second that animals experience grief when dumped at a shelter. i’ve no doubt they know who their people are. there are plenty of stories of dogs and cats travelling many many miles to be back at their homes or with their people. my heart breaks to pieces when i go to shelters and see the depressed ,scared cats and dogs and the ones who lunge their paws out of their cages for human contact. i force myself to stay and talk to each cat( i do like dogs but i’m a cat person for sure). i think animals are more honest in their devotions then people. it’s that unquestioning love that makes them so special and it’s the neglecting and disposal of that love by ‘owners’ that makes humans so vile.

  9. khandni » Dog Returns To Vet Who Neutered Him, Then Reunited With Family says:

    […] Check it out! While looking through the blogosphere we stumbled on an interesting post today.Here’s a quick excerptThe Bowman family had been missing their dog Happy since he disappeared seven months ago. They searched all over for their dog, put up lost dog ads and went door to door to see if anyone had seen Happy. But no one had. … […]


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