Microchip helps San Diego dog find his way home five years after disappearance


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A San Diego family has been reunited with their dog five years after he was lost thanks to a microchip.

Mikey Brown, a mixed-breed adopted from an animal shelter thirteen years ago by owner Scott Alix, was the family’s beloved pet until he disappeared one day. Alix told Fox 5 San Diego that he’d been warned Mikey was an accomplished escape artist, and that turned out to be true -- the dog took to sneaking out of his home to beg hot dogs from the neighbors, who owned a deli.


One day, little Mikey didn’t come home, and Alix was unable to locate him. Somewhere along the way, a stranger took him in, renamed him Rooney and cared for him until her recent death. The dog wound up at the San Diego Humane Society, where a routine scan for a microchip turned up Alix’s contact information.

Soon the family was reunited with their lost dog, and they explained on YouTube that they’re calling him Mikey Rooney so he doesn’t get too confused. Mikey Rooney appears to have been well cared for over the years -- he’s perhaps a little on the hefty side, but otherwise none the worse for wear.

‘He was my first son. I had him before I had my two sons,’ Alix told Fox 5.

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-- Lindsay Barnett

Video: Mikey Rooney’s welcome-home party. Credit: kandulce via YouTube