NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches family is reunited with a pup they consider to be more than just a pet.
"I was so excited and whenever they were in the truck…well I just started screaming," said Zoe Anderson.
"I was just really really happy," said Ross Anderson.
Sunday, the Andersons let their two dogs outside, only to find that one returned.
"The other dog was here and Stinkey was missing," said owner Tera Anderson. "My husband and our children went to the animal shelters and every vet in town, and then we passed out flyers to all of the neighbors."
It wasn't until the Andersons took to Facebook that the family found their success. The Anderson's picture of Stinkey was placed on Multiple east Texas pet Facebook pages. Little did they know, Stinkey's rescuer was using the same method.
" I took a picture of him and I posted it to Facebook because I see a lot of people do that," said rescuer Moanonne Johnson. "Not even 15 minutes later a friend from Diboll posted a lost and found ad and said 'Moanonne, I think this is the dog that is at your house.'"
"She asked if I was Mrs. Anderson and you know we went from there and she said I think I have your dog," Tera Anderson.
"They're like seven miles, as a crow flies, from my house and I looked at the little guy and I thought there is just no way," said Johnson.
The quick Facebook match-up allowed for Stinkey to find his way home almost immediately.
"It was just joy!" said Johnson. "The dad told me that, he hates media. He said, I've never texted, I don't like social media, but he said I'm a believer now. I said I can understand because it got them their dog."
Anderson strongly encourages all dog owners to take advantage of local pet pages on Facebook when searching for lost animals.
While Stinkey suffered several bug bits and has sore paws, she expects him to be back to normal sooner than later.