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Dog runs away from home -- returned home 3 years later after being featured on beer can

Monica Mathis’s dog vanished three years ago, but thanks to the surprising intervention from a beer can, the  two are finally reunited.

"She was on a leash outside and I went to get her and she was gone from our yard," Mathis told KSTP TV of her pet’s disappearance.

After her terrier mix, Hazel, disappeared, Mathis moved from her Iowa home to Minnesota in the years that passed.  After thinking all was lost, a Florida brewery’s promotion caught her eye -- because it was a picture of Hazel.

The Motorworks Brewing company of Bradenton, Florida, launched a promotion in January 2020 featuring four-packs decorated with pictures of dogs in local shelters in a bid to raise funds and spur adoptions. Each can featured a picture of a local shelter dog, some information about them and about the plans for expanding the shelter.

"'Oh my gosh that looks like my dog, I think that's my dog,'" Mathis told KSTP of her reaction when she first saw the promotion. "I have no idea how she got to Florida."

Mathis contacted the Manatee County Animal Shelter -- where Hazel was thanks to info on the beer can -- who, in turn, asked for proof that the dog really was hers.

"I sent everything I could find -- all the pictures so I could stop an adoption process from happening because I could've lost her again," Mathis said.

The shelter accepted her proof and, after a three-year separation, Mathis and Hazel are set to be reunited in time to celebrate Hazel’s seventh birthday after the nonprofit Friends of Manatee County Animal Services agreed to cover the cost of transporting her from Florida to Minnesota.

"I was amazed, I was crying. An emotional wreck," Mathis told KSTP of her shaggy dog story with a happy ending.






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