Harli Phillips, of Lubbock, Texas, was heartbroken after her six-year-old dog, Princess, went missing in May of 2017.
Phillips and her mom moved into one of her mom’s friend’s homes with Princess. When the friend let Princess out to use the bathroom while Phillips was at work, Princess must’ve escaped the yard. When Phillips got home, she was nowhere to be found.
Phillips made flyers and hung them around the community, as well as posted all over social media, in the hopes that someone would find her.
Years went by, but Phillips never stopped searching for her and never lost hope.
Fast forward to July 2020, more than three years after Princess went missing, Phillips received a call from a stranger saying that Princess had been found.
A woman found Princess in a park in Denver City and brought her to the vet to scan for a microchip. Thankfully, Princess did in fact have a microchip and they were able to get in touch with Phillips’ boyfriend.
Her boyfriend called up Phillips right away, and she couldn’t believe it.
“I was like, ‘that’s not funny. Don’t play with me. That’s not a joke.’ I’ve had her since I was 16, so it was not funny to me. And he was like, ‘I’m not playing,’ and I couldn’t say words. I just started ugly crying, and I fell to my knees and I was just in such shock,” Phillips told KCBD.
Phillips, who had Princess since 2011, reunited with her beloved pup in Brownfield. Through tears and so many emotions, she hugged Princess tight and was thrilled to have her back.
“It still hasn’t fully sank in that she’s actually home,” Phillips wrote on Facebook. “Waking up to her this morning was crazy. I’ve spent the last 3 years crying, praying, and hoping she’d come home. Now she is and it’s unreal.”
“These last 24 hours have been a readjustment for both of us, she’s older now, grumpier too. But she’s still just as perfect as she was before she went missing,” she continued. “She loves her brother, Charles. She has been attached to my hip since I picked her up. We are both so blessed that she’s home.”
Phillips hopes her story will encourage people to microchip their pets.
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