Back in November a dog known as Radar ran away to live in the office of his veterinarian Dr. Steve Walstad where he’d been neutered the month prior. The dog had been taken in after escaping from a family the month shortly after he’d been adopted.
The story has an odd twist though … The vet was pictured in a local paper with the dog that he’d adopted after it had come to his clinic. Radar’s real owner, Misty Bowman saw the photo in the paper and contacted the Vet.
It turns out that Radar had run away from his original family seven months ago! The Bowman family now has its pooch back. Their dog Happy, or Radar as the vet named it, is back after seven months of adventure, an operation, two intermediate homes and a new name.
When Misty saw the photo in the paper she says “I was yelling at my husband, saying, ‘Tell me I’m crazy, tell me that’s not Happy,'” Misty said of her reaction reading the newspaper.
The Bowman family had raised the dog from the time it was an 8 week old pup and had named him Happy because he was so friendly and always looked like he was smiling.
When Happy first went missing the family drove all over their neighborhood looking for their beloved pet. They put up lost dog flyers and went door to door asking if anyone had seen him.
“Eventually we came to the assumption that he was gone, we thought he got run over,” Misty said.
As it turns out he had been taken in by a family and named Radar for his ability to find his way around.
“He was gone for seven months and usually if you don’t find the dog in a couple weeks, they’re just gone,” Misty Bowman said Monday. “What are the chances he’d turn up in the middle of Joplin, and in the newspaper?”
Bowman called Walstad’s office Monday and explained the situation, insisting her children didn’t know that Happy was still alive and that Walstad could keep him if he wanted. But Walstad said he couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out and cheerfully turned over the dog to its rightful owners.
Happy went home Monday afternoon, and Misty Bowman said he started to get excited in the car as they got close to the house.
“He knew where he was at,” she said.