Mystery: Missing Mississippi Dog Turns Up in St. Louis | News
He's being called a miracle dog. A four year old Shih Tzu named "Buddy" disappeared from his Mississippi home then several weeks later just showed up hundreds of miles away in north St. Louis County. How he got to St. Louis is a real mystery. A resident just discovered the dog in her front yard. It turns out relatives of the dog's owner didn't live too far away.
Buddy is now in the care of Sherry Curry Alexander of Blackjack. Buddy was living with Sherry's step sister's mother in Greenville, Mississippi. Her name is Lillie Shanklin but she's known as "MamaLillie."
Lillie's family gave Buddy to her after she had open heart surgery. They were best friends until Buddy got out on September 4th and disappeared. Nobody had seen her until this past Friday when Brenda Robinson found Buddy in the front yard of her home on Imperial Drive near Dellwood. That's about 450 miles away from Greenville, Mississippi!
Robinson took Buddy to the North County Animal Shelter where she got in touch with MamaLilly on the phone through Buddy's microchip.
"I said, yeah, I've got your dog and she says ooh where are you and I say I'm in St. Louis, Missouri, she says St. Louis, Missouri!" explained Brenda about the conversation with Lillie.
Alexander added, "I just don't know how he got here. Was he transported by car or truck or I mean I just don't know. I can't even figure it out, I can't even imagine, I can't even fathom how he may have gotten here."
Sherry came and picked Buddy up after family members contacted her about Brenda finding him.
"He was matted at his ears. He was just matted all over. It looked like he was just tired from travel. Looked like he had spent a lot of time outside," said Alexander.
Sherry says Buddy was hesitant at first, but then drank some water and ate a lot. She got him groomed and is planning a vet visit.
A trip to Mississippi is also in the works so buddy can be reunited with MamaLillie who is 81.