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February 10, 2013

Spike the wanderer returns home

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Two friends in Ohio — Lily Robinson of Xenia and Rosa Brown Delk of Cedarville — learned about the dog’s plight, and decided to help out. At the minimum, they knew they could get the dog to Illinois, where Robinson’s friend — Carolyn Hall of Danville — lives.

Hall tried her best to find someone from the Danville area to take the dog to its home, but nothing worked out.

Lovre, chatting with the three women through Facebook pages, said she could get to Danville for the reunion.

On Jan. 29, Delk’s nieces — Dani Brown and Sarah Allen — drove to Lewisburg, picked up the dog and returned to their home in Morehead, Ky. Then, Robinson and Delk drove from Ohio to Kentucky to get Spike.

The dog was the perfect guest at Robinson’s home in Xenia.

On Friday, Feb. 1, Lovre, her mother and grandmother, Mardell Burckhard, made the 10-hour trip from Sioux Falls to Danville, and stayed overnight at the Fairfield Inn.

The next morning, Robinson and Delk left early to make the four-hour drive from Ohio to Danville. Hall met everyone at the Fairfield.

On that snowy Saturday morning, Lovre and her dog were reunited.

Taking a break from hugging Spike, Lovre said she doesn’t know how the dog and the man in Kentucky got separated. She has tried to contact the man, but he hasn’t returned messages.

“It didn’t work out the way I thought it would,” she said.

Lovre said her 1½ -year-old daughter would be excited to see the pet again.

She appreciated the outpouring of concern for the dog, and thanked everyone for their help.

The reunion drives home an important point for pet owners — make sure your dog or cat is microchipped. And make sure you register the animal with the microchip company, and update your address if necessary.

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