Pakita, a gorgeous brown dog, was used to taking adventures throughout the day. She often managed to escape from her yard and explore the sights— but this time, when she got out, she couldn’t find her way back.
The poor pup was lost and alone, looking for her beloved owner. She sniffed and retraced her steps, but it seemed she had wandered too far. None of the sights were familiar and none of the scents smelled the same.
Thankfully, she wasn’t left on the streets for long.
The kind folks over at Argentina’s Arca Animal Rescue found Pakita roaming the streets and brought her back to the shelter. They fed her a yummy meal and made sure she was okay before seeing if anyone would reclaim her. Staff waited patiently for Pakita’s owner to walk through the door, but he never did. Pakita was confused and scared. She just wanted to go home. Despite the staff’s best efforts, nothing they did could make her come out of her shell.
She spent most days cowering in a corner, making it hard for staff to get a good picture for her adoption ad.
Families would come in and out, opting to adopt puppies who were happier and more social.
The staff never gave up on Pakita though and were determined to find her a good home. Eventually, after ages of struggling, they managed to get a good photo of the dog.
Soon, Pakita’s photo was posted online for potential adopters to see.
“Immediately, we get a message from a woman saying that the dog was her son’s and that he had been looking for her!” volunteer Silvia Ferreyra told The Dodo.
The woman told Ferreyra that her son, Ariel Naveira, almost lost hope over ever seeing his puppy again. They decided to come down to the shelter to see if it was really Pakita.
At first, the dog hid behind the rescuer and had no interest in socializing with Naveira. But then Naveira dropped to his knee and called her over. When she started to sniff in his direction, something magical occurred.
Pakita began to whimper loudly before walking over to her long-lost friend.
You can see the exact moment she recognizes her dad as she starts jumping and covering Naveira in kisses.
“From that moment there was no doubt,” Ferreyra said.
She was still whimpering when she dropped to the floor for belly rubs. When she got her fill, she jumped up and down and came in for more kisses and hugs.
Pakita then started a barking a little, probably knowing that he would be going home with his dad again.
“It was beautiful,” Naveira told The Dodo. “I was sad to lose her, but to get her back was spectacular. There are no words to describe it.”
Naveira says he and Pakita couldn’t be happier now that they are together again.
And the folks at the Arca Animal Rescue are beyond glad to see that Pakita is where she truly belongs.
Watch their tear-jerking reunion in the video below.
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