PHOENIX - The stray dog found in the desert, nicknamed “Buddy,” will be going to a new home on Friday, but not with a stranger.
The dog, its real name is Ruger, is leaving the Maricopa County shelter and returning to his original owner, Becki Fewell.
“I’m just glad to see him again,” Fewell told ABC15.
She said she gave Ruger to a new family about five months ago when she decided her house wasn’t big enough for the dog. She recently found out that Ruger was found in the desert.
“I assumed he was in a good happy home,” she said. “Somehow he got out.”
Ruger is credited with keeping another lost dog alive in the desert. That other dog, Ily, was lost in the desert for 65 days after it was thrown from a vehicle during a car crash. Ily was just reunited with her owner. Now, it’s Ruger’s turn.
Fewell said she tried to contact the family who was supposed to be caring for Ruger, but is unable to reach them via telephone.
“I don’t want to say goodbye to him again,” she said.
Fewell has recently moved into a bigger home and believes this house has enough room for her pet.
“It’s meant to be. It has to be meant to be.”
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