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NEW PALESTINE – A New Palestine woman can’t believe her luck after her dog was found safe just a few miles from her home after disappearing two years ago.

Paula Wilcher got the call on the day before Mother’s Day and broke down into tears. It was two years ago that her little Shih Tzu named Nani wandered away from her backyard.

“Somebody left our gate open and she got out that night,” recalled Wilcher. “We went up and down the roads… all around town, just anything to try and find her.”

All the searching and waiting turned up nothing and eventually Wilcher gave up hope. She thought her Nani was gone forever.

Then she got a call from the owner of a local animal rescue.

“I said are you missing your Nani?” recalled Betty Wilkins, owner of Frenzy Animal Rescue in New Palestine.

Wilcher replied, “Well Betty, I’ve been missing that dog for two years!”

Wilkins told Wilcher that someone had found Nani just a few miles away on a country road and when she checked for a microchip, she discovered Nani had one on her neck and it had all the information Wilkins needed.

“Just instant crying. (I) just lost it,” laughed Wilcher. “It’s just been a godsend for me to have her microchipped.”

Nani is in good shape. Wilkins believes she was probably cared for by several different people, but admits we will never know exactly what she’d been up to all this time away.