But in the world of canines, it may take longer, like more than four months.
"So much good news to share," said a joyful yet tired Emilie Talermo.
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Very early Tuesday morning at 4 o'clock she was reunited with her 5-year-old miniature Australian shepherd named Jackson. A San Francisco Police officer had driven to Los Angeles to pick him up. The dog had been discovered at a shelter in Palmdale, leaving everyone with no clues, just the facts.
Jackson and owner Emilie Talermo. After he had gone missing, he showed up at an animal shelter in the Los Angeles area. They were reunited this morning. pic.twitter.com/UVRJYQOeqQ— Lyanne Melendez (@LyanneMelendez) April 21, 2020
On December 14, 2019, Talermo left her dog tied up outside a grocery store. The dog disappeared without a trace, but video footage showed a man wearing a hoodie walking toward the bench where Jackson had been tied up.
The search for Jackson began with flyers posted in the city, followed by a $7,000 dollar reward-no questions asked. Talermo even spent $1,200 to have a plane fly a banner that read "Missing dog, bring Jackson home."
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"Be hopeful and finding that balance between remaining hopeful and also being ok with potentially never seeing him again," that's how she described the last four months.
But then yesterday the unexpected call came.
"They sent me photos and sure enough it was him and just bust into tears and called my friends in LA and said go to the shelter now!" she said laughing.
Jackson, the missing miniature Australian Shepherd was reunited with his owner at 4 o’clock this morning. pic.twitter.com/lEfnyjq8m3— Lyanne Melendez (@LyanneMelendez) April 21, 2020
So what now for dog and dog owner? Talermo is leaving the Bay Area and headed to her hometown of Jackson Hole, Wyoming to regroup then she's moving to Portugal. We asked why and she responded, 'Why not!'