Junior was only a small pup when Julia Nemeth welcomed him to her home in Ohio. Even from the start, she formed a special bond with him. The proud mom was always happy when she had time with her adorable pitbull puppy and would spend hours training him using hand signals.
Unfortunately, though, while Julia was out of the house with her family, someone broke in and robbed their home. The most valuable thing that the intruder got was Junior.
Julia was beside herself when she learned that her beloved pet was gone. Junior was like one of her kids and he had been there for her for the different challenges in her life. Losing the pup was devastating to her.
Julia pulled out all the stops to get her dog back. She searched long and hard, hoping that he would be returned to her. She spent a lot of nights crying, worried that her pooch was not doing well.
But eight years passed and there was no sign or news about Junior. Even though she got a dog eventually, she never forgot about him.
Six years after he was stolen, Junior was taken in by the Humane Society of Summit County, where he was named Buddy. The dog was in relatively good condition, but he needed treatment for tapeworms. He spent several weeks in treatment, and when he fully recovered, he was put for adoption.
Sadly though, he never seemed to find the perfect family for him. For the next two years, Junior was adopted three times by different families. They all took him back to the shelter saying that he wasn’t the right fit for their family.
When the dog was returned the third time, that was when Julia saw his picture online. She called the shelter immediately and told them about her lost dog. After talking for a while, they agreed that Buddy might just be Junior.
So Julia, along with her family rushed to the shelter.
As expected, Junior was a bit hesitant at first. But when Julia started doing her hand signals, the dog recognized them right away. He became happy and started cuddling with Julia. When they returned home, Junior went back to his old routine. He still knew where he slept and his favorite places to play in.
After eight long years, Junior is finally back home, where he truly belongs.