The Geary family was shocked when they got a call from an animal control officer in Tennessee contacted them nearly three weeks ago to say Astro had been found.
According to TCPalm.co, Astro vanished nine years ago while the Gearys were living in Port St. Lucie, Fla. They posted signs and called shelters but never found the dog. After a year, the family adopted a new dog.
"It's still a real shock that he is actually here," said Linda Geary, who now lives with her family in Louisville, Ky.
"We are getting use to the fact that we don't know where he has been or who had him, but he's our dog and has always been our dog."
Astro was found running loose in a neighborhood in St. Bethlehem, Tenn, and animal control officers tracked down the Geary family through a microchip implanted when they adopted the dog from the Treasure Coast Humane Society.
Officers went online to locate Dennis Geary and found two names with Florida connections to call, one at the Louisville address and the other a Tennessee farmer who said the dog wasn’t his. The officers left a message on the Gearys’ answering machine the first week in February.
That following weekend, Dennis and his stepson made the three-hour drive to Tennessee to bring Astro home.
When the two members of the Geary family arrived at the shelter and staff brought out Astro, the reunion was sweet and wet.
"They brought him out and he just sat down and licked both me and my oldest stepson," he said. "He was like, where have you been?"
Throughout the nine years Dennis said he never forgot Astro. He still has the dog’s picture in his wallet from when he first adopted him nine years ago in Port St. Lucie.
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