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Dog reunited with owner after 5 months away

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Photo courtesy of Debbie Drouin Photo courtesy of Debbie Drouin

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) -- A Flint-area man said he's surprised and excited that his dog turned up in the Jackson area roughly five months after she wandered away.

Daane Birchmeier lives in Linden and adopted Natty from a shelter in his area in January, the Jackson Citizen Patriot reports reported. She usually stayed by his side until May, when she disappeared as he worked on his truck at his parents' house.

"She's the kind of dog that always sticks around and is really chill and relaxed, even as a puppy," said Birchmeier, 21. "She's just a really, really good dog."

Jackson County Animal Shelter administrative clerk Debbie Drouin said the dog was picked up Oct. 7 by animal control in Jackson, which is roughly 50 miles southwest of Fenton. The dog had a microchip implanted, so the shelter was able to reunite Natty with her owner.

"She's relatively healthy compared with some of the other animals we get in here," Drouin said. "Luckily, she had a microchip."

Birchmeier picked up Natty last Wednesday, and it was a great reunion. He said: "She almost knocked me over when she came running down the hall."

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