Pongo could never forget his way home.
This nine-year-old basset hound and blue heeler mix went missing for nearly 2 1/2 weeks after a tornado damaged the Harris’ home and Pongo’s dog house in early February.
When the tornado hit the Arkansas house, Katresa Harris and her two children were inside the house with their other two dogs. But Pongo was outside, and he ran away during the storm when the tornado broke open the fence.
The family put up posters of Pongo and put them all over the city. They searched animal shelters and everywhere else to find their missing dog. Since they couldn’t live inside their house because of the extensive damage, they drove by everyday to check to see if he was there and to put out food and water for Pongo just in case he came by.
But this last Friday, Harris went back to the house to check to see if Pongo was there, and the dog poked his head out of the dog house and ran to his owners.
The Harris family took Pongo to the vet to make sure he was okay. Besides being dirty and hungry, Pongo was doing well after being missing for more than 2 weeks.
Harris said, “I knew he made it. We never gave up on him, that’s for sure.”
Even Harris’ brother carried Pongo’s leash in his pocket for a week and a half, in hopes that they would find Pongo.
According to the Humane Society of North Central Arkansas, Pongo was one of at least 30 animals in Baxter County reported missing afterward.
Rick Day, the president of the Humane Society, said, “As officials straightened things out and made the homes accessible, folks were able to find their pets. If anything came out of this, it’s that there’s a higher awareness of homeless pets and adoptions.”
Source: The Baxter Bulletin