December 1, 2021


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Female looking to undertake puppy ends up reuniting with one particular she’d dropped two decades before

Aisha Nieves experienced created up her intellect in June that she was heading to undertake a puppy.

Following shedding her doggy two many years previously, the Pennsylvania female was yearning to obtain a new pup for her and her two sons to engage in with.

Nieves bought on the LeHigh County Humane Culture adoption web site, and was wanting via photos, when she was shocked at a picture she stumbled on.

“My telephone just froze on this just one picture and I just stared,” she told the Early morning Get in touch with.

She was looking at a tan pit bull-Rottweiler mix that looked just like a pet dog she’d had yrs prior, named Kovu.

Nieves mentioned she got Kovu when he was 7 weeks aged. She had him for about 5 several years when he wandered off by way of a gap in her gate, manufactured two weeks prior when a car or truck crashed by way of her entrance gate.


When she arrived residence later on in the day, Nieves explained Kovu didn’t operate to her like he usually did.

“I searched the total household and could not locate him, then seemed all over Allentown for a great week or so, and nonetheless couldn’t obtain him,” she stated.

Nieves said she was devastated when it occurred.

“It was so tough to acknowledge.”

That was in 2019. Quick forward to final month, two years soon after Kovu disappeared, and Nieves was sitting down there staring at a image of a dog that appeared just like him.

“‘That can not be him,’” she claimed she imagined. “Then, I observed the tiny scar above 1 eye — the scar from when he bought caught in a gate, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s my child. Which is Kovu!’”

Nieves called the Humane Society to enable them know she would be coming to get the puppy on the web site — the dog she considered to be hers, but experienced due to the fact been named Ash.

She stated when she arrived, “I was nervous. I was sweating. My arms started off shaking. I was afraid he wouldn’t try to remember me due to the fact it experienced been so extended. I sat there, waiting for them to deliver him out. Then, one thing made me seem up and I locked eyes with him and saw him wagging his tail.”


It was Nieves’ pet dog Kovu, and the reunion was just one value sharing.

“He was screaming, seeking to get absent from the guy keeping him (to) run to me,” Nieves reported. “Then, he just jumped on me and we begun kissing and hugging. He sat on my lap. I advised him, ‘Yeah, buddy, you are likely household. I’m so sorry this occurred. Never yet again am I dropping you.’”

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It turns out, months immediately after Kovu had escaped his property in 2019, the LeHigh County Humane Society noticed him and took him to the shelter.

“Our staff members named him ‘Ash,’” LCHS director of enhancement Deirdre Snyder claimed. “He required to be taken care of for fleas, was lacking hair on is hind conclusion and experienced inflammation. He was handled with antibiotics and bathed with a exclusive clinical shampoo. He was in our shelter for about four months and then adopted out to a family Oct. 25, 2019.”


That loved ones returned Kovu on June 12 of this year, expressing they have been struggling with achievable eviction and wanted to surrender him.

Six times afterwards, Nieves obtained on the Humane Modern society web-site, observed Kovu and the rest, as they say, is history.

“Now that he’s back home, I come to feel entire again,” Nieves said. “All that time he was gone, I felt like a piece of me was missing. Never ever did I end contemplating about him or asking yourself if he was staying addressed well, where ever he was. I’d search at Facebook photographs of us jointly and start crying. I just preferred my little one again. And now he is.”

It’s truly worth noting, Snyder mentioned, that it is scarce for a pet at the LCHS to be reunited with an owner soon after so long, but not abnormal for pets to acknowledge their owner after these a lengthy separation.

“Dogs have an outstanding feeling of odor, and that is likely the to start with thing that provides the recognition,” she claimed. “There are quite a few video clips on line of navy staff coming dwelling following a very long time away and their dog will identify them with a equivalent joy and enjoyment that Kovu had for Aisha.”