Tears of joy as April Helland and her family are reunited with Maizy after nearly 6 years.March 21, 2014

Maizy was a young beagle when she followed the children of her family into the woods of Knoxville five-and-a-half-years ago, but she got lost that day – so very long ago for a dog. Somehow miracles do happen when luck and technology joined together to help Maizy and her long lost family find each on Tuesday reported wbir.com.

The beagle stray was rescued by the Young Williams Animal Center in Knoxville, and as a routine practice, all pets are scanned for microchips. Not only did Maizy have a microchip, her information was current; in turn her owners Chad and April Helland were called with the good news.

The Helland family had been distraught years before when Maizy lost her way. The friendly beagle who loved to cuddle was part of the family. Four-year-old Parker cried for his four-legged friend. Posters were displayed everywhere, but Maizy never came home.

Eventually the family adopted another beagle named Cooper, but no one ever forgot their first dog.

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Dog missing for six years reunited with her family

 

 

 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — The last time the Helland family saw their dog, their youngest son was four years old.

 

Now he’s ten and the dog they never thought they’d see again is back home.

 

“The day before we had taken a trip to Nashville. So the last thing that was on our minds was gee, I wonder if our dog that went missing six years ago is gonna come back,” says son Tyler Yonce.

 

But finally it started to sink in that a family member was back.

 

“My husband told me and I just broke down immediately. I thought I would never see her again,” says April Helland.

 

“It was a whole range of emotions — shocked. I couldn’t believe it,” says her husband, Chad Helland.

 

Monday, the family got a call from Young-Williams Animal Shelter telling them that someone found their beagle Maisy, the family pet that went missing back in 2008.

 

“I spent many hours out in the woods. I took old t-shirts and put them out in the woods so I could leave my scent out there for her,” Chad says.

 

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