Dog, family reunited after 2 1/2 years

October 18, 2012 4:32:01 AM PDT
Better late than never.

That's the sentiment of a former Chicago family that has been reunited with their lost dog after more than two years.

It has been 2 1/2 years, and Wednesday, Nicole Brownell finally got to hold her dog "Sadie" again.

"I always thought I would see this dog again," said Brownell. "I just can't believe today is the day. I'm really happy to be with her. This is great."

"To see her come back in our lives is real important to us," said Henry Brownell, Nicole's husband.

Sadie looked bedraggled Monday when a Good Samaritan found her by a busy road and dropped her off at a Grayslake vet office.

The vet scanned Sadie's microchip and tracked down the family in Ohio.

"Getting that phone call yesterday was one of the best calls I ever got in my life," said Nicole Brownell.

Sadie went missing in April of 2010 when the family lived in Roscoe Village. The dog may have been stolen.

A few months later, the Brownells and their two daughters moved to Ohio, where their daughters are now waiting.

"My kids are just so excited," said Nicole Brownell. "My 7-year-old started crying, saying, 'This is the best news I ever heard.' It's going to be great."

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