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article imagePetunia, the dog lost for 8 years, reunited with family on TV

By Leigh Goessl     Dec 9, 2011 in Lifestyle
New York - In a heartwarming story of a family reunited, a dog, who went missing in 2003 and traveled thousands of miles, is now going home with her owners.
Last week Digital Journal reported the story of a dog, who disappeared for eight years after leaving home one morning in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Recently the dog was identified 3,000 miles away at the Spenceville Wildlife Area in rural Yuba County, Calif. Thanks to an embedded microchip, the dog was able to be traced back to a veterinary clinic in Virginia.
Fox News flew Kristen and John Pruitt, and their eight-year-old daughter Elaine, into New York City to do the show.
The dog, Petunia, was reunited with her family today on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" show which airs in the morning. All morning Fox dropped teasers about the story, but finally just before the 8 a.m. hour showed separate images - one of the family all smiles, the other of Petunia, all decked out for the holidays, patiently waiting.
Talking with morning host Gretchen Carlson, the family described the sadness when Petunia went missing, and when asked if they'd lost hope, they said after time they would, but then hope would "spring" again. The Pruitts described the shock when they'd received a telephone call from their local vet that Petunia had been located, all the way in California. Kristen said it was "mind boggling" to grasp at first.
When the Pruitts were finally reunited with Petunia, it was an emotional one, with some tears. There were also hugs for the woman who made Petunia's homecoming possible.
Not only did the Pruitts get to meet Petunia, but they also met the woman, Meg Eden, a dog trainer from Oregon, who took the time and extra effort to try and find Petunia's owners after she found the dog, who was not wearing a collar.
Petunia's tail was wagging when she met her owners for the first time in eight years.
Elaine was just a baby when Petunia disappeared, and the two will now get the chance to be acquainted.
"I can't believe after all these years she's alive," Kristen Pruitt said through tears of happiness as she stroked Petunia's head.
Petunia's amazing journey will likely remain a mystery, but the family looks to be very happy to have their furry friend back again as an early Christmas gift.
The family's other dog, Booboo, is still alive, so the next reunion is yet to come.
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