DOBSON — When the phone rang a couple of days ago in Jeanene Jones’ Winston-Salem office, she nearly fell out of her chair.
“That was the last call I expected to receive this week,” a happy Jones said Friday.
The call was from employees at the Surry County Animal Shelter telling her that after two years missing, her dog Jackson had been found.
“I hung up the phone, jumped up, grabbed my purse and left work,” she said. “I had to go to Surry County to get my dog.”
Jones describes the next few hours as “joyous.”
“It was amazing,” she said. “I couldn’t believe he had been found after all this time.”
Jackson, an Akita mix, went missing from Ward’s Road in Winston-Salem in October 2012, when he was just 10 months old.
“He was a really frisky puppy and he managed to get off his leash,” Jones said. “That was the last we saw him.”
The loss of her dog was not an easy thing to get over, according to Jones.
“It was heartbreaking for me,” she said. “I cried and cried for days, and can honestly say that since he went missing there hasn’t been a day go by that I haven’t thought about him. He was part of our family.”
Jackson was adopted from the Forsyth County Animal Shelter on Mother’s Day 2012.
“I’ll never forget the day we went to get him,” she said. “I fell in love with him that day.”
Jackson was discovered recently by a passing motorist on Interstate 77. The motorist picked him up and took him to the Surry County shelter, where a microchip was discovered, according to shelter Interim Director Abraham Doby.
“As part of the normal process when a dog is brought in, we scanned the microchip and our veterinarian technician ran the number on the chip through the system and we found the owner,” Doby said. “We immediately called them and they came and picked him up.”
Doby said such a reunion after years “doesn’t happen that often.”
“Some people will microchip their pet but won’t enter the information into the network so they can be located,” he said. “We will get a blank number.
“It’s really important to link their information with the chip in the pet,” Doby added.
Doby said Jones and her husband Owens Daniels were “overjoyed” to be reunited with Jackson.
“It made everyone at the shelter really happy to see them back together,” he said. “It was a great reunion.”
Jones said she and Daniels believe Jackson was taken in by another family during his time away.
“Someone must have taken him in,” she said. “When he went missing he was at that frisky age and would just go up to anyone. Someone must have picked him up and taken him home.”
Despite his time away from the family, Jones said Jackson is adjusting well.
“It took him a few minutes to remember who we were, but after a couple of minutes he remembered,” she said. “His tail started wagging and he was once again a member of the family.”
Jones said she wanted to thank whoever took care of Jackson while he was away.
“We took him to the vet yesterday and they said he was completely healthy and appeared well taken care of,” she said. “Although I wish they had taken him to a shelter, I appreciate their taking care of him. At least he was safe and cared for, and I thank them for that.”
“It’s good to be able to find an animal its home,” he said.
Keith Strange can be reached at 336-415-4698 or via Twitter @strangereporter.