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In Ashby, a Happy Reunion

February 20, 2019
Kaiser, a five-year old King shepherd, is finally home with his family in Ashby. Kaiser seems to love being home with his owner Tom Woollacott. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE/JOHN LOVE Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

The Maine Lost Dog Recovery received a call from the woman who was watching Kaiser in Ashby who saw the posts and recognized Kaiser. The organization contacted Missing Dogs Massachusetts -- which created a missing poster for Kaiser -- and the group reached out to Woollacott.

“First, I had to convince them that he was mine,” he said, “and then things were fine.”

Woollacott drove three hours to the shelter Friday to meet Kaiser. He wasn’t sure how his dog was going to act after being away for so long.

The organization posted a video of their reunion. Kaiser took a few moments to sniff his owner and warmed up to Woollacott by standing up on his hind legs and playing with him.

Since coming home, he visited the groomers, who shaved his long and matted hair.

Kaiser had a few scratches and wear on his paws and lost about 30 pounds during his absence. The dog will visit the veterinarian to make sure he’s healthy.

The family and shelter staff don’t know how Kaiser ended up in Maine, but Woollacott thinks he traveled the whole distance by himself.

“It didn’t really surprise me that he wasn’t close to home,” he said.

Once Kaiser went missing during a Fourth of July celebration because of the fireworks, but he found his way home, Woollacott said.

Now that he is home, Woollacott said he is looking forward to taking Kaiser camping.

“He would get along in the woods just fine,” said Tom’s mother, Liz, as the dog played with Woollacott’s children.

“He would be able to show us what to do,” Tom replied.

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