Nobody knows how Jasmine ended up in Oklahoma City from her home in North Dakota, but the 8-year-old Boxer will be reunited with her family Tuesday thanks to a microchip and a lot of luck.
Jasmine was found on a Logan County road this month by Free to Live Animal Sanctuary kennel master Willy Fields. When the dog was taken to Sunset Vet Clinic in Edmond to get checked and prepared for adoption, a microchip was found with her owner's information.
Micro chipping has become popular in recent years. The dog owner's information is stored on a chip that is surgically implanted in a dog's skin. Many veterinarian clinics and animal shelters can scan the dogs to see if they have a chip.
Tina Bohn said Jasmine turned up missing from their Minot, N.D., home about two months ago.
“We were very surprised to get the call,” Bohn said. “It wasn't like her to wander off and after this much time had passed we thought we'd never see her again.”
Jasmine will fly to North Dakota on Tuesday. Bohn said she thinks Jasmine was stolen.
“We figured someone probably took her,” Bohn said. “That's the only explanation I have. I don't think she could have made it down there on her own. She had to have had some help.”
Veterinarian Danel Grimmett said Jasmine is in good health despite her ordeal. Grimmett said it is an example of why owners should microchip their dogs. She said her dog was found and reunited with her thanks to a microchip.
“I've personally seen them work for our dog and for others,” Grimmett said. “It's amazing, and it's proof that it's worth doing. We also saw the importance of microchips after the May tornadoes. It's not like a collar that can come off or be removed. Once it's in there it stays there unless it's removed surgically.”
Free to Live Director Matt Goodwin said that organization has reunited dogs with their owners through microchips before but never one that has traveled so far.
“It's baffling,” Goodwin said. “It makes you wish dogs had a black box like an airplane so you could chronicle where she's been. We don't know if it was someone who picked her up for dog fighting or just someone who decided to take her. But it speaks to the importance of caring. When you see a dog wandering on the road, take a little time to check out the collar or call a vet and have it scanned. Most will do it for free.”
Bohn said her husband had been out shopping for new toys and other supplies in anticipation of their dog's return. She's now a firm believer in microchips.
“It's so important to do it,” Bohn said. “If we hadn't done that we wouldn't be getting her back, and we would have always been wondering what happened to her.”