In our Leigh's Lost and Found today, an update on the search for a World War 2 veteran's missing dog.
Unfortunately, Macy is still missing, almost five months now. But her family hasn't given up hope and continues searching for her. It was during that search, that they ended up rescuing another dog in need.
The Howell house is once again filled with the sounds of a playful pup.
"He really has been a blessing."
It was an Easter Sunday outing that led to this Min Pin mix joining Peggy and Dick Howell's family. They'd taken extra Macy reward posters to C.A.R.E.'s adoption center.
Peggy Mitchell-Howell tells us, "I started tearing up because that's where we got Macy. So one of the girls said here honey, you want to hold a dog? And I said, I guess. I hadn't really held a dog since Macy."
Peggy brought the dog outside to where Dick was waiting in the car and the rest is history.
"Next thing I know, he's jumped through the window and landed on Dick's lap and laid down."
Dick Howell says, "I knew then we were supposed to adopt him. He was our dog."
Dutch had been bounced around.
"He's had two other owners and the last people left him at animal control."
But now he's found his forever family, and a new name, based on Dick's background as a Tailgunner in World War Two.
"There's only one name for him. Gunner."
Dick tears up telling the story but Gunner has brought him a lot of smiles and comfort as he snuggles up in his favorite spot on Dick's lap.
"He's filled a gap. A big gap."
And Peggy is adamant, Gunner is not a replacement for Macy. He's just a little brother in waiting.
"I tell him, he's got a big sister out there somewhere and we've got to find her still."
If you see Macy or know anything, please post on the Leigh's Lost and Found facebook page. The Howell's are offering a $500 reward for her safe return.