Tears of joy welled up as the family of Relay the dog prepared for a long-awaited reunion — more than 19 months after she vanished.
“I never thought I would see the dog again, to be honest,” said Richard Moneck, one of Relay’s owners.
Much to the family's delight and amazement, the 4-year-old German Shepherd mix was in good health as it, somehow, managed to travel over 1,200 miles to Queens, New York from where she was picked up and taken to a shelter called "Bobbi and the Strays." They scanned the microchip in Relay's ear and delivered her to her family.
Moneck received a telephone call from the microchip company just two days after Hurricane Irma, explaining someone in New York found his dog.
Relay received royal treatment upon her arrival. A welcome home banner was put up outside. Balloons were placed outside of a West Palm Beach home to welcome back the lost four-legged family member.
“All my troubles went away,” Moneck said as he tightly wrapped his arms around his dog. “She’s family. It’s like having another sibling.”