Six-year-old “Lovey,” a brindle and white female English bulldog, is the beloved pet of Michelle McGuyer from Visalia. Although McGuyer sometimes referred to her as “Bully Brat” for her strong personality, Lovey remained sweet and an important part of McGuyer’s life.
However, three years ago Lovey went missing, breaking the hearts of the entire McGuyer family. Frantic, she checked all the shelters, posted flyers, and called the microchip company to see if Lovey had been found. All her searches came up empty. Around the same time that Lovey went missing, McGuyer heard that bulldogs were being stolen and bred, and that fear crept into her thoughts. She kept checking, calling the microchip company every few months, wishing that Lovey would be found. The family eventually moved, but they never gave up hope.
Fast forward to 2019. A scared and underweight stray bulldog was brought in to the Tulare County Animal Services shelter. Like every stray entering the shelter, the dog was scanned for a microchip. She had one, and it turned out she was registered to Michelle McGuyer and was named Lovey! Shelter staff immediately contacted McGuyer to share the good news. She was overwhelmed and overjoyed as she went to the shelter to reclaim her beloved pet. When Lovey was brought out, it took her a few seconds, but then, like the flick of a switch, there was an instant recognition; Lovey transitioned from a sad little dog to an excited, boisterous, yelping girl. It was a heartfelt reunion.
McGuyer thanked everyone at Tulare County Animal Services for their part in reuniting her with her long-lost Lovey. Back at home, the kids, grandkids and Lovey’s dog friend were delighted to see her. These days, Lovey sticks close to Michelle, following her everywhere, to make sure they’re never separated again. Today, McGuyer has sound advice for everyone: microchip your pets. It’s their ticket home!