A Siberian Husky named Semper was reunited with his mom, Kameroun Mares, but finding his way home was an adventure.
Mares was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia back in 2013 and had gotten Semper as a puppy. Named after Semper Fidelis, which means ‘Always Faithful’ in Latin, her dog had gone missing while she was traveling to California.
Mares and her roommate searched everywhere to find her lost dog, but he had seemingly vanished into thin air. She checked the animal shelters, posted signs, and walked the neighborhoods – nothing.
She decided to then reach out to private investigator Ana Campos to her track down her dog.
“A year into this someone suggested she [Mares] check her AKC Reunite chip again. So she went to the humane society in May 2017 and they checked online … That is when she discovered that a year earlier, on April 11, 2016, a woman added her name to Semper’s chip,” Campos told The Dodo.
Upon further investigation, she found out that someone had found Semper and attempted to flip her dog on Craigslist for $200.
According to Campos, it was Mare’s roommate who sold Semper. “He was stolen and sold by her roommate 2 1/2 years ago,” Campos wrote on Facebook. “She was told he was lost on April 30, 2016. But on April 11, 2016 the buyer added their name to his AKC Reunite ‘registered chip’. They registered this registered chip on Petkey pets instead. Petkey pets did not bother to see if he was chipped already.”
After fighting to get her dog back in court from the person who bought Semper online, the judge ruled in Mare’s favor and they were reunited after 2.5 years apart.
Mares says that Semper still remembers the commands she taught him and is settling in nicely to his new home in California. “I see him as an extension of myself and my heart,” Mares said. “I am glad I have him back in my arms.”