Cedar is home again, much bigger and on the mend. The German shepherd disappeared two years ago from the backyard of her home in Southwest Ranches, Fla., when she was just 4 months old, reports WSVN. The Peterson family heard nothing about Cedar until this month, when a deputy across the country in Colorado spotted an abandoned, malnourished dog lying by the side of a road and nearly covered in snow, reports the Miami Herald. The deputy had to pick her up to get her in the car.
A vet used Cedar's microchip to track down the Petersons, and Cedar was soon being flown home after some veterinary care. "I immediately cried," Tamara Peterson tells the Herald. "I couldn't believe it. I was in shock. It's almost two years to the day." The family has no idea how the dog went missing, but Peterson suspects someone stole her from the yard, because there'd been a spate of such dog thefts in the neighborhood around that time. (This New Jersey dog owner can relate to the Petersons' tale.)