Friday, July 12, 2013

Congresswoman Re-united with Runaway Dog

Normally, I wouldn't describe any press release from a Congressional office as heart-warming.

But one I received earlier this afternoon truly was.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has been reunited with her dog Kiwi, who had been missing for 13 months. Kiwi, a Shih Tzu mix, turned up at the VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center in Albuquerque.

“Words cannot express how thrilled I am to have Kiwi home,” Lujan Grisham said. “I love her unconditionally and have welcomed her back with no questions asked. I’m not sure why she left, but as far as I’m concerned, that's water under the bridge now. What matters is that Kiwi is home.”

According to the release, Kiwi ran away on June 9, 2012 after being frightened by a hot air balloon.

"Lujan Grisham, her two daughters, her friends and the community feverishly searched for the dog – they posted flyers, put a notice on Craigslist, canvassed door-to-door, sent out robo-calls and visited the city pet shelter daily. Lujan Grisham even worked to streamline the local system for finding lost pets, hoping to help others facing similar losses. Despite everyone’s best efforts, Kiwi remained on the lam.

"Kiwi serendipitously entered Lujan Grisham’s life on a rainy day in 2004, just a few months after Lujan Grisham’s husband, Gregory, suddenly passed away from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm. As Lujan Grisham opened her car door after parking in her driveway, the adorable pup jumped into her lap and into her heart. Kiwi’s presence helped Lujan Grisham cope with the loss of her husband, and Kiwi quickly became a member of the family."

Now isn't your heart warmed too?