After 2-Year Disappearance, Dog Reunites With Chula Vista Family

A California man feared his German shepherd was dead when she disappeared two years ago.

He had received a call shortly after the dog's disappearance that a German Shepherd matching Cheiska’s description had been hit and killed by a car.

It was a false call and not the right dog.

Fracisco Velazquez, of Chula Vista, received the call he had been waiting for when Rancho Coastal Humane Society contacted him, telling him a stray with a microchip matching to Cheiska had turned up at the animal shelter.

A miracle dog?

“We feel awesome,” he said Wednesday. “This is the best feeling.”

On Wednesday, Velazquez along with his two kids reunited with Cheiska, who was just a puppy when she got away from the family and disappeared.

At the Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas, the dog bounded over to her family as they shouted her name and hugged and petted her.

She appeared in good health and with a calm temperament.

Velazquez was happy to find Cheiska, now 3, answered to her name and still remembers some of the commands he taught her, like how to “shake.”

She doesn’t remember “down” or “sit,” though.

Perhaps that can be the next obedience lesson along with just enjoying having their family dog back home?

“It’s been a long time,” Velazquez said. “It feels so good. I’ve missed her for so long.”

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