Miracle Of All Miracles, Dog Lost For 10 Years Returned To Her Family

Ten very long years ago, Abby, a black Labrador retriever mix, disappeared. Abby was last seen playing near the woods with Debra Suierveld’s children outside of their home in Apollo, Pennsylvania…but she vanished that fateful day and was never seen again.

After weeks, months, and then years passed, Suierveld assumed that her lost dog had died…that is, until last weekend, when out of the blue, Abby mysteriously reappeared on the porch of a man’s home just 10 miles away.

According to Pittsburgh CBS News, almost as mysteriously as Abby vanished a decade ago, she reappeared out of nowhere on George Speiring’s porch. Speiring contacted the authorities and animal control arrived to take the big, senior Labrador retriever to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley shelter. It was at the shelter where one part of Abby’s mystery was solved…who she belonged to.

An employee who scanned Abby for a microchip hit pay dirt – not only was the implanted chip found, but the information about Abby’s owner was still current. After Suierveld received a call from the shelter, Abby was picked up and taken right back to the house where she had lived so many years ago.

Suierveld told CBS, “We thought she had passed away. It feels like a part of my kids’ childhood is back, part of our family is back. It’s pretty awesome.”

Abby’s miraculous return home highlights the importance of microchips. On Wednesday, the shelter who discovered Abby’s chip wrote a Facebook post to remind everyone that they should ensure that their pets have a microchip:

“This is such a heartwarming story – imagine receiving a call that your long-lost pet is waiting for you! This story also shows the importance of a microchip! All of the animals at our shelter receive a microchip before leaving for their forever homes.”

Residents who live in the area can take advantage of this animal shelter’s public microchip service. Click here to learn more.

(Screenshots via CBS Pittsburgh)

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Joyce Bartoli says:

    Love happy endings , even if they are 10 years later !

  2. Felicia Mikki Shea says:

    well after reading this.. I am for sure going to do it for both my dogs.. so worth it.. thank you.. and see it’s true… the heart always.. finds it’s way home to the soul… so happy for the return…. <3

  3. rosa l johnson says:

    such a wonderful story.Hope she was well cared for where ever she was.

  4. Elaine Whinston says:

    Wonderful ending to this story!🤗

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