Dog missing from Tahoe campground reunited with family years later

A lucky Golden Retriever is back home with her family after being lost in Tahoe National Forest for two years, reports say.

The dog, Murphy, then 5 years old, was taken on a camping trip to the forest with the family, but was scared away by a gunshot in the area. 

The family had printed flyers and created a Facebook page to help find their dog, but no signs of her turned up, that is until a camper reported her two years later, according to the LA Times .

The camper contacted the family and said that a dog that looked like Murphy was seen about 5 miles from where she originally went missing in October 2012.

ABC News says that the family went to the area and brought Murphy's bed, as well as some of the family's clothing, in hopes that she would follow their scent and come back to where she was seen.

It worked.

That same night, the camper saw Murphy sleeping on the bed with the clothes and within a few days, the dog was able to be captured.

The family was soon reunited with the dog at the campground, ABC says.

After being gone for so long, the family noticed a few small differences in the dog's appearance, but they're almost completely sure the dog is in fact Murphy. According to ABC, the family is awaiting results of a DNA test.

The dog was reportedly very happy to be home, but was of course "thin and frail" from years in the wilderness, LA times says.

Murphy's Facebook page has been active since she went missing with posts from friends and family, as well as possible sightings of strays from locals hoping to help out.

 

 

 

 

 

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