Pet Tales: Lost horse turns up a decade, hundreds of miles later

Heather Warlick: Michelle Pool thought for sure she would never see her long lost horse again, but a decade later, a string of coincidences brought her back together with her beloved Opie.
by Heather Warlick Published: April 15, 2013

After hearing what seemed like a fishy story of how the person had acquired the horse, Bordelon became suspicious and went to the Internet for information. She found NetPosse.com, the website for Stolen Horse International.

“I clicked on it and there was a list of stolen horses, and all of a sudden I see a thumbnail of Opie and look at the photo I'd taken of him on my cellphone.” It was an exact match.

Bordelon called Metcalfe and told her the story.

Pool headed to pick up her long lost friend, Opie. She was worried that after so long, he wouldn't recognize her, but their reunion, which was caught on video, was a joyous one with tears of happiness from Pool and nuzzles of recognition from Opie.

“There is hope,” Pool said. “You can get them back.”

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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