It’s the greatest Christmas gift a valley man could very well look for: After months of expecting “Baby,” his missing boxer, would come back home, she’s back, just in time for the holiday season.
Baby took off in November of 2012 and now, 13 months later, she’s made her way back home due to a microchip implant.
Her owner does not know where she’s been all that time, however he says this is the 2nd time she’ll be considered his Christmas present.
Baby, a 5-year-old boxer, is in the comfort of her home.
“She’s a loving dog. She doesn’t ask for anything else but love, she doesn’t play with toys, she just wants to be fed and loved everyday, that’s it,” mentioned Timothy Costello, Baby’s owner.
Timothy Costello got baby from a boxer rescue 4 years ago, right around Christmas and soon after he lost his 1st boxer to cancer.
Baby hardly ever left his side.
“They say dog is man’s best friend, but she was literally my best friend,” explained Costello.
However late last year, Costello arrived home and found Baby gone. The gate was left open.
Costello searched just about everywhere, but baby never came home.
But now one year later, someone turned the dog in to the humane society, and thanks to Baby’s microchip, owner and dog are reunited just in time for the holidays.
“There’s no better gift than to be able to get a loved on back that you thought was gone forever,” explained Costello.
Baby was located 15 miles from her home. She had been abused; she was about 20 pounds underweight and she had a 7 inch gash in her leg.
“She needed about four to five days every day for the wound to be cleaned and after that they finally stitched her up,” said Costello.
Baby’s only been back home for 7 days and she continues to recover, but now she is safe and at home spending this Christmas with her family and best friend.
“She was a 2009 Christmas gift. Now she’s my 2013 Christmas gift,” stated Costello.
Costello says he plans to get baby a tracking device so she never lost again.