SACRAMENTO - When Sally Butters lost her dog, Gigi, she did what many of us would do – she put up posters, she searched the neighborhood, she worried and hoped.
The dog had gone missing during a burglary of Butters' home, according to KTXL.
And, no matter how hard she looked, Butters couldn’t find Gigi.
That was nine years ago.
This week, Gigi was returned to her.
The toy poodle had belonged to Butters' mother.
She remembers sneaking Gigi into the hospital in a gym bag the night her mom died, so Gigi could sit on her lap.
Butters had no idea what would happen that night and, by sun-up, Gigi would belong to her.
Fast forward to this week, 2016.
A family found Gigi wandering in Roseville.
The dog had a microchip, and that’s what led veterinarians back to Butters.
"I'm shocked. Because, you always hope you'll get your dog back," Butters said through tears. "But, you know, nine years and, at 13 years old, she's still alive. What a Christmas present."