Blue has been adopted!
The Humane Society of Midland County reports the wayward dog has found a new home.
Blue went missing from her home in Lehigh, Florida two weeks ago and was found in Mid-Michigan.
Her owner believed she was stolen from the Sunshine State, but luckily, Blue was microchipped and was taken to the Humane Society of Midland County as a stray.
“I doubt she walked here, that’d take quite a trot to get here in a week, so someone obviously drove her. Whether it was mal-intent or anything like that we don’t know the full story,” said Logan Smith, animal care technician at the Midland County Humane Society.
The Humane Society put out a plea to get Blue home, because her owner couldn’t afford the cost, and Mid-Michigan responded.
Blue hitched a ride home on March 8 with a man and woman, who didn’t want to be identified. They saw the story, and just wanted to help.
“We’ve actually had a few community members who have stepped up and said that they’d be willing to help out, and she was able to do it the quickest, so I think it’s amazing that someone would want to do such a long hike for us,” Smith said.
The feeling of losing a dog hit close to home for them.
“We’ve had lost dogs, so we know how it goes and as soon as they come home it’s a relief to everyone in the family. It’s like losing your kid, so when someone calls and says, 'hey, we found it,' and then you have no way to get to it, that’s heartbreaking,” they told TV5.
On Monday, March 11, the humane society said Blue did not make it home. They did not go into details but said Blue was returning to Michigan where they will help her find her forever home.
"No one could have predicted this unfortunate turn of events but we can now only focus on what is most important, which is finding Blue a forever home," the humane society posted on Facebook.
The volunteers who drove Blue to Florida said Blue's owner was a young college student who also works full-time. She surrendered Blue to the volunteers because she didn't have the time to dedicate to her, the volunteers said.
"The dynamics of the family changed during the drive. So, when they did arrive they found out the owner no longer had the support system she needed in order to keep the dog," said Nikki Rayce, president of the Humane Society of Midland County.
But the story has a happy ending. Shortly after arriving back in Midland on March 12, Blue was adopted by a man who was originally interested in her. He filled out the paperwork, and brought her home shortly after she arrived back in Mid-Michigan on Tuesday.