Stephanie Moore-Malmstrom thought it was a joke when she received a text stating that her dog, Sheba, had been located in a town more than 600 miles away.
“Where are my million bucks and my cruise?” was my first thinking. According to Moore-Malmstrom, The Dodo. “Someone’s coning me,”
Sheba was recognized by a police officer using her microchip, but Moore-Malmstrom remained unconvinced. However, even though the puppy was considerably older, Moore-Malmstrom recognized Sheba the moment she saw her on a FaceTime chat.
With the help of Pilots N Paws, an organization dedicated to saving animals by flying them back to their families or to no-kill shelters, Sheba was soon in the air, heading home.
As Sheba stepped off the plane, Moore-Malmstrom was awestruck to be finally seeing her dog after so much time. Sheba was thrilled to see Moore-Malmstrom’s daughters and immediately rushed over.
“I experienced every emotion that you could begin to imagine,” Moore-Malmstrom said. “Sheba could not get to my girls quick enough.”
Sheba was able to unwind and enjoy her family’s affection now that she was finally secure in their arms.
The Moore-Malmstrom family later deduced that after Sheba was stolen out of their Baytown, Texas, yard in 2018, she was taken to the Texas panhandle, where she was eventually adopted by a family, whom she lived with for four and a half years.
When that family had to relocate and re-home Sheba, her new owners, having decided they didn’t want to care for her, left Sheba on the street. Sheba was living outside, being looked after by a local teen, when an animal control officer found her and checked her microchip.
Moore-Malmstrom is extremely appreciative to Borger Animal Control and Friends of Texas Panhandle Shelter Pets for their assistance in returning Sheba.
Moore-Malmstrom said, “So many people came together to get her home to me.
Sheba seems very grateful to be back with her family. Though they’ve spent so many years apart, they’ll have the rest of their lives to make up for lost time.