The couple hadn’t seen the Sheltie since he went missing in April of 2009 while they were all vacationing in the Pioche Hills, a mountain range in southeastern Nevada.
David Marks told ABC News today that he and his wife, Alison Marks, were “overjoyed” and “grateful” to be spending Christmas again with Willie, their Shetland sheepdog, now 11 years old.
“About two weeks ago, we got a call from an animal shelter in Elko, Nevada, and they said they picked up a stray, checked his microchip and found us,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it. It was an absolute surprise, and the perfect Christmas gift.”