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Missing New Zealand K9 Shares Touching Reunion With Handler

Missing New Zealand K9 Shares Touching Reunion With Handler

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Most dogs are happy to see you, but this dog has better reason than most to get excited.

The dog in the video is Thames, a four-year-old German shepherd that went missing on Sunday, May 3, during a search and rescue training exercise in the Tararua mountains in New Zealand. He wasn’t found until the following Sunday.

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While Thames was surviving in the mountains on his own, he became a small-scale internet star in his home country and abroad as New Zealand police updated the public on the search for the dog and popularized the hashtag #ComeHomeThames.

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Constable Mike Wakefield, Thames’ handler, told the New Zealand Herald that he and his sons were “desperately missing” the dog. According to a police statement, the dog was found hungry but in good condition.

“He wolfed down half of my salami, which is a treat for him, I gave him a cuddle and we had a big play,” Wakefield was quoted as saying. “I was just lost for words.”

A veterinarian has since cleared Thames to return to work, but before that happens, he and Wakefield will enjoy a vacation.

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