Washington, Apr 0: An Italian greyhound who went missing eight months ago found his way back home this week.
Dauz, short for the family name "Dausman," lived with his original owners in Collinsville, Illinois, when he was stolen from their front yard last July.
Almost a year later, Alicia Dausman received a call from a Fairfax, Virginia. animal shelter 900 miles away, saying they had found her dog.
"I was shaking. I was crying. I've never been so happy. It was like a dream getting that call. I can't believe they found Dauz," Dausman told ABC News.
Dausman said that a day after the pet went missing, she contacted police and began a frantic search for him.
The 35-year-old mother of three posted pictures on Facebook, put up ads on Craigslist, handed out flyers and contacted shelters and Italian greyhound rescue groups.
She said the family had all but given up hope when the Virginia shelter called her. They immediately took a trip to retrieve the dog.
Dausman said the stolen dog was given to a man who lived in Virginia, who gave the dog to his wife as a birthday gift. (ANI)