If you’ve ever lost your dog, you know just how terrifying the idea of never finding him or her again can be. No one knows the feeling better than Rebecca Axiak, who had all but given up on her pup after she went missing—understandable, considering the fact that years passed with no hint of her missing dog’s whereabouts.
Rebecca adored her little dog Disco—a two-year old Maltese terrier— and was heartbroken when she disappeared in 2010. She told Mashable, “I always had hope that she would return, never really expecting it to actually happen.” Until it did.
But before Disco’s unexpected return, five years passed. After searching diligently and failing to find even a clue that could help her solve Disco’s disappearance, Rebecca had reluctantly given away Disco’s belongings. She even adopted two Maltese pups, whom she named Spoon and Pickles, no doubt feeling that it was time for her to give a good life to some new companions. Even if she didn’t want to admit it to herself, she was starting to think that her dear Disco might never be coming back.
And that’s when she got the phone call that changed her mind.
Lort Smith Animal Hospital, located in Melbourne, had a dog come in that had been injured in a dog fight. The family who’d brought her in couldn’t afford the very expensive vet bills to repair her injuries, and had surrendered her to the hospital. Imagine the vet’s surprise when he did a routine scan for a microchip and found a very different name and address than he’d expected: Rebecca’s.
But new name or not, Disco recognized Rebecca immediately—and was more than happy to return to her original moniker. “I still called her ‘Disco,’” Rebecca said, “she was in [the hospital] for weeks, and I got the response—she remembered it.”
Even if it did take a few years to get Disco back, her story is an important reminder to all of us with pets—a microchip is a very small investment if it means getting your best friend back.
Disco came through her surgeries with flying colors, and has returned home with Rebecca, where she gets along famously with her new puppy siblings. Rebecca will have to file for a special permit to keep Disco, thanks to local council laws that require such a permit for keeping three dogs. However, given Disco’s amazing story, Rebecca told Mashable “I have no doubt that the permit will be approved.”