“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.”