It seemed like 14-year-old Carter was going to have a very bleak Christmas. Almost three weeks prior, he lost his Pug, Piper. The boy and his dog are bonded and have been inseparable since they were brought together two years before. And now, despite all the efforts of the family, it seems that the dog is nowhere to be found.
Piper came into Carter’s life when he and his family were feeling very down. Carter’s younger brother has died only a year before due to cancer. To top it off, Carter also had a Pug named Oliver, who he had to give up because of his brother’s illness.
Carter’s mom, April Elizabeth Licata, wanted to lift the family’s spirits up, so she got Carter a new Pug for his birthday. The plan worked, Carter loved the dog so much that the two would always play together. They even slept side by side.
Lost and found
Then one day, April let the dog out of their home in Byron, New York, so that Piper could do her business. But after a while, when she called out to Piper, the dog was nowhere to be seen. The family was devastated, they asked for help from their community to find Piper.
After almost three weeks, they were all losing hope that the dog might be found. Then finally, the message she has prayed for arrived. A local animal shelter said that that a dog was brought in that looked a lot like their beloved Pug. April rushed to the shelter to see.
It was Piper indeed. When the Pug saw her, she furiously wagged her tail and ran to her owner. April was ecstatic, not only because they had found Piper, but because his son would be overjoyed with her return. She immediately made plans to surprise Carter.
April picked up Carter from school that day and had Piper sitting next to her. When the young boy was walking to the car, he stopped in his tracks when he saw the little black dog in the front seat. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing.
Carter immediately got into the car and gave his pet a long hug. Tears started flowing from his eyes; his emotions began to overwhelm him. Piper was similarly happy. She licked Carter’s face over and over again.
Thankfully, their Christmas was not ruined at all.
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