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Updated Mar 4, 2013 - 10:25 am

Home at last: Phoenix Police reunite lost dog, family

Buddy and Jessica Rowe are together again. (KTAR Photo: Jim Cross)

PHOENIX -- A Pekingese dog that ran away from home in Mesa during a monsoon almost two years ago has been found in central Phoenix.

Buddy literally ran into the back of a Phoenix patrol cruiser last Friday around 15th Avenue and Camelback Road. Officer Don Martin wrapped the dog up in a blanket and rushed it to a veterinarian. Martin even picked up the tab along with Officer Mim Cohane, who also gave the owner a goodie basket for Buddy.

Buddy has been reunited with his owner, Jessica Rowe. A single mom of four, Rowe can't believe her dog is alive after all this time roaming the Valley.

"I don't have a lot of money, if it had come down to having to pay the vet bill, I couldn't have gotten Buddy back," she said.

As happy as she is to see Buddy home, her 5-year-old daughter was even more delighted.

Buddy had a microchip that helps track lost animals but it was outdated. Police used good old-fashioned investigative work to track down the owner, who now lives in the West Valley.

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About the Author


Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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