For two long years, this sweet dog named Pakita had struggled to find a home.
She’d been dropped off at Argentina’s Arca Animal refuge by a person who claimed to have found her wandering the streets as a stray. There, Pakita was welcomed with open arms by volunteer Silvia Ferreyra and her colleagues, but the dog was sad and withdrawn. She kept getting passed over for younger, happier dogs.
Ariel arrived the next day to meet with the dog. When Pakita was brought out, she was understandably doubtful and still a bit withdrawn. But everything changed when Pakita caught a familiar scent.
It was difficult to take a good picture of the dog because she was always cowering and putting her head down. When workers finally took a good one, it was posted online for potential adopters. They immediately got a message from a woman saying the dog was her son’s and that they’d been looking for her for a long time.
The woman’s son, Ariel Naveira, lost Pakita when she escaped his home two years ago, and he thought he’d never see her again. He was excited at the thought that this could actually be her.
It’s been just over a year now since Pakita was reunited with her owner, and her joy at being back home hasn’t faded.
“We are super happy,” Naveira said.