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After Girl’s Plea for Missing Dog Goes Viral, Her Best Friend Is Returned

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A heartfelt plea for help in finding a missing dog from a heartwarming picture of a little girl hugging her beloved canine companion.

After a girl’s plea for the return of her dog goes viral, her best friend is returned.

Last week a dog belonging to the Wallace family, living in Akron, Ohio got loose from their home. Named Buddy, the pit bull mix is especially close to one of the Wallace’s children, 5-year-old Madison. So when Buddy went missing, it had a huge impact on the little girl.

“Madison wasn’t sleeping very well, and when she did finally fall asleep it was because she cried herself to sleep,” her mom, Laura Wallace, tells This Dog’s Life. “She wasn’t really wanting to eat and spent most of her days holding a picture of Buddy and crying.”

Last Wednesday, while Laura was putting an update about Buddy on Facebook, Madison walked into the room holding a picture of Buddy and crying.

“I told her ‘lets make a little video, and maybe if someone has Buddy the will see this and have it in their heart to bring him home,'” Laura says. “I told her to say whatever she wanted, and she did just that.”

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In the video, the 5-year-old, between tears, asks that if anyone found her dog to please bring him home.

Posted by Laura Wallace on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

“The dog is a rescue pup,” Madison’s mother Laura posted on Facebook. “He is very, very special to us. We never picked him; it’s like he picked us. He’s our child; he is our fifth child and we need him back in our house,” she says of the white pit  bull mix.

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The family had found Buddy seven months ago, as a stray in their town. Skin and bones, the family tried to locate the owner but when couldn’t, decided to keep him. Completely in love with the Buddy, the family had put out signs and offered a reward.

Thankfully their prayers were answered. A few days later, thanks to the video and news spreading, the little girl was reunited with her dog.

Posted by Laura Wallace on Saturday, April 22, 2017

“She hasn’t let Buddy out of her sight!” says Laura. “We are so beyond happy to have him back home, our house has felt empty without him here.”

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By Andrea Huspeni

Andrea Huspeni is the founder and CEO of This Dog's Life. Her mission it to help dogs live a happier, healthier and longer life. When she isn't working, she spends time with her two dogs, Lola and Milo. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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