OKLAHOMA CITY—When our troops return from overseas, they usually have a loved one waiting for them when they come home. However, one airman got a welcome home that was 17 months in the making.
Senior Airman Crystal Tucker loves her dog Mickey, who tends to get into a little trouble now and again.
Nearly a year and half ago, the little four-legged escape artist made his out of the backyard, and his collar.
For weeks, Tucker and her family posted missing posters and searched high and low for this rambunctious pup.
Tucker said, “I resigned myself to thinking that he had just found another home and he was in good hands.”
After no luck finding Mickey, she was deployed to Germany with the Air Force and didn’t know if she would ever see Mickey again.
Mickey did make an appearance but this time it was to a concerned citizen.
Eric McCune with The Bella Foundation said, “One night, I got a knock on the door and he said ‘I just saw this dog get hit by a car and I know you rescue animals. Can you guys help?”
McCune and The Bella Foundation took Mickey and put him up for adoption.
For more than a year, Mickey saw family after family but no one ever claimed him.
Even though Mickey had been missing for over a year, Tucker decided to look one last time before she came home.
She said, “One last time last week, before I came home and sure enough, three pages in, there he was.”
“He was just waiting for his mom to come home,” said McCune.
Tucker is not letting this bundle pull another great escape any time soon.
Mickey is now the proud owner of a microchip, which could reunited the pair the same night that he disappeared.