Saved by a chip: Crestview family's dog returns after nine years missing

Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 at 06:07 PM.

Maggie's return reinforces the life struggles of the Hights' foster children, April said.

"How Maggie got back here is kind of a reminder of what we're doing as foster parents," she said. "We don't know what she'd been through the last nine years ... and it's the same with some of the children. We know some, but we don't know everything."

Joyful reunion

The Hights' two biological and three foster children are excited to have Maggie home, she said.

"My daughter was 4 when Maggie went missing, but she remembers her," April said. "She was just in tears realizing that Maggie was back home, and it's just hitting home that she's been through a lot."

Maggie is already recovering rapidly, given loving surroundings, April said.

"She's a completely different dog than she was Wednesday," April said. "She remembers her name. We call her and she looks at us. She recognized my husband right away. When he came home Wednesday and said her name, she started wagging her tail ... She's skin and bones but she's acting like a typical little puppy."

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