For Mike Plas in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, his dog Jack was everything-his best friend, brother, and most loyal companion. So you can’t imagine how he felt when his furry companion disappeared. Mike desperately searched for him for years, but to no avail. Nevertheless, he never lost hope, never gave up on the search. Fortunately, the two met again more than four years later, and the moment was overwhelming!
A lovely mix of husky-shepherd, Jack was with Mike’s parents when he got lost. He suddenly disappeared while playing near their house. But at first, Jack’s mother thought he could be at a neighbors place, as Jack had been doing for so long. Unfortunately he wasn’t there… After hours of searching they realized he wasn’t nearby. At that time, Mike was very worried that his dog might get lost in the woods near his parents house.
“We did everything together – we went fishing together, he came to work with me half the time. I took time off work to celebrate his birthday with him,” Mike said. “There are days when I get really upset, when I miss him so much. But I did not lose hope.”
For several months, Mike, with the help of family and friends, sought Jack everywhere. They even distributed leaflets in hopes that someone would recognize him, but in vain. But, after 4 years, when no one thought finding Jack was possible, except Mike, one phone call changed all that.
One Thursday afternoon, while at work, Mike received a phone call. He was asked if he owned a dog named Jack. At that point, emotions began to take over his body. Anyway, Mike told them his dog went missing years ago, so it’s unlikely it was the same dog, but they couldn’t be wrong because Jack was microchipped.
“So I got the best phone call I ever received yesterday at work at around 2:40pm…. a Winnipeg animal shelter called me and asked for my name and if I had a dog named Jack!? Mike wrote on Facebook. “So I said I lost him four years ago in Ontario. And then they said, “Well, we’ve got your info from his microchip and he’s in Winnipeg.”
The call was from Winnipeg’s Centennial Animal Hospital, 400 miles from Mike’s house. So he jumped into the car and drove there to meet his friend. The moment Mike saw the dog for the first time in more than four years was heartwarming. He burst into tears while holding Husky in his arms.
“So the next day we finished the drive to Winnipeg, me, Kenzi, my sister and her husband went to the shelter, told them who I was, and showed them a picture of me and Jack. So, they took him out and immediately felt like my life was back to normal, “explained Mike. “Life without him was never the same and I can’t explain the feeling that Jack is back. Never lose hope … I didn’t do that, and four years of separation in different provinces, we were together again!”