A New Mexico family has been reunited with their dog, who went missing three years ago, after he was rescued by a shelter 120 miles away from their Albuquerque home. Yoshi, a red heeler/husky mix, escaped from Monique Martinez's yard one day in early August 2011. Martinez postered her neighborhood with flyers hoping for the dog's return, but rumors that Yoshi had been hit by a car or disappeared into the desert led her to think she'd never see her mutt again.
"It was just devastating because I didn't know if he was okay," Martinez told a local ABC affiliate. "I didn' t know if he was laying there hurt, if the coyotes were getting to him."
It seems Yoshi was safe from coyotes, but it's unclear what the dog did encounter during his three years on the road. He was discovered in Las Vegas, New Mexico, over 100 miles from Albuquerque, wearing his original collar. Veterinarians were able to find Martinez and her family using the dog's microchip, and found that although Yoshi was a little underweight, he was otherwise completely healthy. Martinez says she's happy to have him back.