POSTED: Friday, May 11, 2012 - 3:00am
UPDATED: Friday, May 11, 2012 - 3:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Stormy the dog is a sensitive subject for Kendra and Justin de Jonge.
"She was our family member. We did everything together," said Kendra.
But in November 2009, Stormy disappeared from her Everett, Washington home. Kendra had let the Boston Terrier outside while she went inside to grab the dog's leash. When she returned, Stormy was gone. Her family launched search parties. They plastered posters with Stormy's picture all over.
"I prayed and hoped she wasn't dead," said Kendra.
Weeks turned to months, then Kendra and Justin decided it was time to accept Stormy was gone. More than two and a half years later, the phone rang.
"This guy came on and said are you missing a Boston Terrier," said Kendra, who could barely believe it.
The call had come from Tacoma, all thanks to 14 year old Kyla Renick.
"I saw a cute, little doggy and had to pick it up," said Renick who found the dog in Tacoma.
She fed the dog. The local animal shelter was the next stop.
The dog had a microchip which let staff know it belonged to Kendra and Justin de Jonge.
"It was super emotional," said Kendra. "She jumped in our laps."
Stormy was a little underweight, but otherwise healthy. Her owners are still trying to figure out how the dog managed to get from Everett to Tacoma.