Grizzly is one very happy dog

Updated: Grizzly the lost lab back with his family

After being missing for 18 months, his owners had given up hope of finding their dog again.

 

“I think it’s a total, true miracle,” said Patti De Vincenzi.

After De Vincenzi’s family dog Grizzly went missing 18 months ago, the family searched for weeks, checked with animal shelters in Surrey and Langley, and kept his picture on missing pet websites.

They had essentially given up when on Jan. 24, a passerby alerted the Patti Dale Animal Shelter to a stray chocolate lab near 256th Street.

Identifying tattoos inside the dog’s ear led the shelter to De Vincenzi, her husband Stuart Bailey, and their children Shayla, Matteo, Zander, and Kristen.

“At first I don’t think any of us believed it,” said son Matteo.

But Grizzly, lost from Fraser Heights in 2014, had turned up again.

Langley Animal Protection Society staff turned Grizzly over to Patti and Stuart’s family last month.

“As you can imagine, he and his family were over the moon with joy,” said animal shelter manager Sean Baker.

The dog remembered his family and ran up to greet them. He’s even getting along well with two-year-old Kristen, who was a tiny infant when Grizzly disappeared in July, 2014.

He even seemed to recognize the family’s other dog, a terrier named Moose.

“It’s like they didn’t miss anything,” said Stuart.

Where Grizzly was and what happened to him over the past year and a half remain a mystery. LAPS was contacted by a Langley resident who had just lost him – but they had also found him loose, and had had him for just six weeks.

The family doesn’t know whether he was taken or simply found, but whoever had him for most the past two years didn’t take him to a shelter, where he would have been identified by the tattoos.

Grizzly is about 30 pounds overweight, and had a torn ACL tendon, his fur was matted, and he had a lot of plaque on his teeth.

At Shayla’s prompting, the family set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for the thousands needed for Grizzly’s ACL surgery, which succeeded at raising the needed funds.

“Although we are very glad the dog has finally gone home, I am very confident that this dog would have been home a long time sooner if it had been wearing a dog licence and if the finders had simply turned the dog in to an animal shelter,” Baker said.

People have the best intentions in keeping lost dogs, but it often results in them never being returned to their original owners or taking much longer, said Baker.

 

Just Posted

Developers to unveil plan to transform Aldergrove mall into new town centre

Community to find out new Aldergrove Town Centre plan for dormant 10-acre lot in heart of downtown.

Tardi and team playoff bound in junior curling worlds tonight

Friday night Team Canada’s men’s team faces off against Norway, hoping to secure a spot in the finals

Langley’s Hong takes silver in Winter Games vault

The Langley athlete completed a tricky move in competition to clinch the podium.

First phase of 208th widening in Langley Township budget

Work could star this year, if the council approves the first project.

Injured nurse back in the saddle after horse riding accident

Keya Milaire has been recovering from an accident that occurred on May 24.

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

Man sentenced to 7 years for smuggling drugs and shooting at border guards in Sumas

Nathan Hall was arrested in Abbotsford in 2013 after day-long manhunt

No treatment for highly infectious measles, says doctor

10 cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver as of Friday

Two more measles cases confirmed in Vancouver

It brings the number of total cases within the city connected to the outbreak to ten

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

Guards protest firing of fellow officers charged with assault at B.C. prison

Corrections officers demonstrated in Maple Ridge on Friday afternoon

Most Read