Abby the ‘Lazarus’ Lab Returns Home After 10 Years

Abby looks up while waiting for the arrival of her owner at Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley on Jan. 30, 2018. (Nate Smallwood/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP)

by Michael John Scott

Abby, a black lab mix, wandered off from Debra Suierveld’s home in Pennsylvania 10 years ago, and the family searched for their missing pup to no avail, the Valley News Dispatch reports. But last weekend Abby showed back up like nothing had happened.

As far as Debra is concerned, Abby pulled a Lazarus. “We thought she had passed away,” Suierveld tells KDKA. “It feels like a part of my kids’ childhood is back, part of our family is back.”

Suierveld says she still answers to her name and even remembers the commands she and her daughter taught her. Suierveld says her now-22-year-old daughter cried when she heard her missing dog had, improbably, returned home.

Read: Starving Dog Stays By Dead Owner for Weeks

Judy Spiering called Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley on Jan. 27 when a friendly but very thirsty black lab mix turned up on her porch 10 miles from the Suierveld home in Apollo.

A microchip in Abby’s neck led to Suierveld’s vet, who had Abby listed as deceased and then to Suierveld. Suierveld couldn’t believe it. “I didn’t even know what to say,” she says, adding, “She kind of came back from the dead.” But no one can figure out where Abby has spent the past decade.

“She’s a good weight. She’s very well taken care of,” says Jody Berisko at Animal Protectors. “It’s very weird.” Whoever Abby was with, Suierveld admits “they took good care of her.” The family planned to host a giant welcome-home dinner for their long-lost pooch.

Edited Via Newser

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One Response to Abby the ‘Lazarus’ Lab Returns Home After 10 Years

  1. jess Reply

    February 4, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Happy story is making me very happy today. This is the day of the great and all powerful Superb Owl and was hubby’s high holy day and I miss him. That is all.

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