Ft. Campbell soldier's missing dog found in New Mexico - WKRN News 2

Ft. Campbell soldier's missing dog found in New Mexico 1 year later

Posted: Updated: Jan 28, 2013 10:18 PM CST

After more than a year apart, a Fort Campbell soldier's family is preparing to be reunited with their beloved pet.

Pooka, a red Chihuahua-Dachshund mix, disappeared from her family's yard in 2011.

"I was heartbroken, I was devastated and the first thing I did is run out the back door and just start calling for her," Mandi Smith told Nashville's News 2.

The family said their four-legged family member was found on the side of the road more than 1,200 miles away in New Mexico on January 12.

A microchip helped the Espanola Valley Humane Society track down Pooka's family.

"I had to listen to the voicemail five or six times before I actually believed that they had found Pooka and I called her back and sure enough she described her and sent me a picture and I just knew," Smith said.

According to Smith, it is a Ft. Campbell regulation for dogs to be microchipped.

Since being found, Melanie Lopez has been caring for Pooka in New Mexico.

"There's always hope, a year or even a year later you never know when your dog might turn up," Lopez said.

A generous donor in New Mexico has provided frequent flier miles so Smith can fly out to get Pooka on Wednesday.

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