Samantha Pioli's dog Dozer is shown in this photo she provided WBOC.
HALLWOOD, Va.- Samantha Pioli says she came home to find her dog, Dozer missing when she was moving to Hallwood from Bloxom in May. She said she did not know what to do.
"On one of the trips back to get another load we realized that he wasn't barking or anything so we went back there and he was gone....The chain was laying on the ground. His collar, I'm assuming, was still on him because we didn't find it anywhere."
Pioli said she began to use social media sites like FidoFinder.com and that helped her get to Lost and Found Dog's VA's Facebook page. She even created a page for herself.
As it turns out, Pioli's dog ended up more than 1,400 miles away in Garland, Texas. A woman named Michelle Ferrer called Samantha on Sunday, Aug. 12, with some good news.
"Saturday evening we were having dinner and our doorbell rang and our neighbor said a big dog had come out of nowhere and ran straight in their garage and they didn't know what to do with it," Ferrer said.
After confirming markings on the dog and a response to the name Dozer, Samantha said she was not sure until a certain behavior was confirmed.
"She said, 'Does he have any bad habits at all?' and I said the only problem I could ever see him having a problem with is if you had a storm and he freaks out usually I let him sleep in bed with me. If there's a storm coming and he comes in the bedroom I know there's a storm coming and he's upset."
Ferrer said the dog reacted to the storms in Texas as Pioli described and that confirmed it 100 percent.
Dozer is expected to be shipped back to Hallwood by Aug. 25, according to Pioli.
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