Dog travels from Indiana to its home in Mesa

Jaime Cerreta

Mesa, AZ -- If only Rocky the Boxer could talk, he would have a lot to say.

The dog went missing in Mesa two years ago and just found his way back home Sunday morning - all the way from Indiana.

"I love my dog. I got him on my birthday but he was a family dog," said Aden Wasil, the dog's faithful owner.

Aden and his Rocky are finally reunited after years and miles apart.

"I don't even have words to explain how amazed and surprised I was. I honestly, I just didn't think I would see him for a good while, if at all," said Aden's mom, Brittany Romero.

The dog went darting out of the family's home in Mesa in 2013 and was nowhere to be found. That's until Aden's mom, Brittany, got a call from Indiana.

"I got a call from an animal clinic in Elkhart and being here in Mesa that's really far away. Soon as I got that call, I jumped out of bed and was so surprised that they had found Rocky," said Romero.

Then the work started to get Rocky home through rescue group volunteers.

"I happened to be in California visiting my mom and happened to while I was waiting for her to thumb through Facebook realized we had been tagged in a post about Rocky and that they needed volunteer drivers," said volunteer driver Sandra Walker.

Walker and her family works with Highway Heroes Rescue Transport and helped drive Rocky home.

"Wonderful. I mean how do you not feel wonderful about being part of a wonderful story," Walker said.

She is one of the many volunteers who picked up the 26 legs to cover 1,800 miles to drive the boxer from Elkhart, IN, to Mesa.

"He is microchipped and I'm so glad that I did have him microchipped just for that fact that I don't know if I would have ever seen him again," said Romero.

So through a single microchip, a three-day road trip and numerous dedicated drivers, a young boy and his dog are back together again.

"He's going to be the best dog ever just like he always was," said Aden.


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