Howl

Howl

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She watched the black car roll up with its precious cargo. The sheriff got out and opened the back door. Her heart fluttered as she realized that the sheriff wasn't alone. And then, her best friend was running towards her at full tilt and she couldn't contain her tears anymore. She cried and cried, releasing the pain of two long years up into the sky.

Missing You

Her heart was racing fast, and she couldn't do much about it. Not that she wanted to. The situation called for such a response! But she couldn't help but wonder if she was hallucinating or what. It had been two long years. Even though she thought she'd never see him again, she couldn't help but wonder….could that really be him? She made eye contact with her very best friend in the entire world and that's when it hit her. It was him!

Companionship

Companionship

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Californian Kameroun Mares was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia at a young age, but after going into remission, she suffered from terrible depression and hyperglycemia. The disease had taken a psychological as well as a physiological toll on her. She then decided that she needed a positive influence in her life. And what could be a more positive companion than a dog?

A Friend

A Friend

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There's nothing more terrifying that hearing your doctor breaking the news. Your whole life flashes before your eyes when you realize you've got the "big C." You feel all alone in the battle, so naturally, being surrounded by a cuddly furry creature who'll walk by your side is one of the best ways to stay positive and healthy. Even petting a dog causes your body to release endorphins. Kameroun had made up her mind, so she started doing some research.

Research

Research

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Kameroun did all her research and decided on a Siberian Husky. The high-energy breed needs a lot of exercise, and this suited her well. She planned on going for daily runs with her new companion by her side. She prepared carefully for her new puppy to come home and had even decided on a name. She had no idea just how attached to this little pup she would become.

Handsome Fellow

Handsome Fellow

Huskies are known for their handsome good looks, and wolf-like features, and much like wolves, they're a protective bunch. This magnificent breed originated in northeastern Siberia, and they were bred to withstand long distances under the cold weather. If there's one thing you can say about these blue-eyed beauties is that they're a resilient bunch! But Kameroun could've never imagined she'd get so attached to her new pup.

Always Faithful

Always Faithful

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When it was finally time for Semper Fidelis, meaning "always faithful", to come home she couldn't contain her excitement. And little Semper was everything she had ever wanted, and more. Semper thrived in his new home with Kameroun, and soon he grew from a rambunctious Husky puppy to a beautiful and well-tempered adult. But Huskies usually present some challenges, too.

Coming Back Home

Coming Back Home

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Kameroun loved nothing more but to hear her beloved husky play around her, and he made for the very best companion when it was time to go on a walk. But huskies are not an easy breed, particularly when it comes to walking on lead!

Growing Pains

Growing Pains

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Semper was having trouble with recall and with walking on lead, which is common for huskies. Bred to run and pull sleds, even huskies in suburbia never really forget their roots. Semper would pull and tug on the lead with his powerful shoulders when Kameroun walked him, and she knew that if she ever let go, he would run and run — not stopping until he was finally exhausted. And this is just what Kameroun thought had happened when Semper went missing. But she was wrong.

Escapee

Kameroun knew she had to keep a tight grip on Semper. It's not like he was trying to run away, but this particular breed are pretty self-sufficient and stubborn, and they like to explore. Unfortunately, many huskies end up at shelters as so many people get caught up in their beauty without realizing that they're a pretty challenging bunch! But Semper was a unique pup, and Kameroun had done her research beforehand. But when her beloved friend went missing, she was heartbroken. Little did she know that her whole world was about to do a 180.

Bonded

Bonded

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Kameroun and Semper had become inseparable. She loved her dog dearly, and during the ups and downs of her illness, he was always by her side. Having such a loyal companion helped Kameroun tremendously, and she was feeling a little stronger every day. So naturally, When she moved to Florida in 2015, Semper came with her. But then, something awful happened.

Inseparable

Now that Kameroun was starting to feel like her own self again, she felt strong enough to start a new life. She moved to Florida and started over, only this time, she'd have her lovely companion by her side…or so she thought. Sadly, life was about to hit her hard.

Leaving

Leaving

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When Kameroun was undergoing treatment in Florida, she quickly realized that she wasn't covered by her medical insurance in the new state, so she had to return to California for the duration of her treatment. She was beside herself with worry — she would have to leave Semper in Florida. She was a responsible pet owner and made sure he wouldn't be alone, but she never knew that her trust would later prove to be terribly misplaced.

Tough Choice

Tough Choice

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When life throws you a curveball, you've got to ask yourself, how are you going to deal with it? Kameroun couldn't even imagine life without Semper by her side. They were used to doing pretty much everything together. How was she supposed to give up on her buddy? Who'd wake her up in the morning now? Who would get all excited and start wagging its tail whenever she'd get near the door, thinking it was time for their daily walk? She had to make sure he'd be taken care of, but she could've never imagined something like this would ever happen…otherwise, she probably wouldn't have left.

Phone Call

Phone Call

Semper would be left in her apartment with her roommate as well as a pet sitter to make sure he was taken care of when she was gone. Then, it all went horribly wrong, and Kameroun received a startling call about Semper. “I was told by my roommate Semper had escaped through the front door,” Mares explained to ABC News. “I asked, ‘Did he have a collar on?’ My roommate said he didn’t know."

Sinking Feeling

Sinking Feeling

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There's nothing worse than losing a pet, particularly when someone else wasn't careful enough with your beloved dog. Kameroun's heart started raising fast. Where was Semper and how could anyone be so irresponsible? She'd thought of every little detail to make sure Semper would be safe, but she wasn't able to be there for him and keep him safe. Now, all she could do was wonder if she'd ever see him again.

Gone

Gone

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Kameroun was devastated and took to social media, joining lost pet groups and sharing Semper's image as widely as she could. She put up fliers and did everything she possibly could to find him. Two years passed with no sign of Semper. Then one day, as a last ditch effort, she decided to check Semper's microchip records online. And then the mystery as to his whereabouts only deepened.

Finding Semper

Finding Semper

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After two years, many pet owners would've probably given up by now, but Kameroun couldn't stop looking. She felt defeated, but she wanted to make one last ditch effort to see if perhaps, Semper's microchip held the answers to where he had been all these years. But things were about to get much more complicated than she could've imagined.

Investigation

Investigation

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Kameroun saw that Semper was registered with two microchips — the original record was for the American Kennel Club, but there was a second mysterious record called PetKey. And this record had been added shortly after Semper's disappearance! Kameroun was filled with hope for the first time in two long years, and promptly hired a private investigator called Ana Campos Investigations (ACI), as well as a lawyer.

Double Registry

Double Registry

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Would she finally find out what happened to Semper after all this time? After all, it's been two years. Perhaps, he wasn't even alive. The thought of Semper being gone completely paralyzed her with fear, but she needed to know what happened to him. Now, she was even more determined to find Semper. But when the private investigator did her research, she found something that left Kameroun in shock.

Discovery

Discovery

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ACI probed into the case, and then made a startling breakthrough. Semper had never run away at all. “In reality, he was never missing; he was sold,” Kameroun said. “He was stolen [by my roommate] and sold from me without my consent.” It was later found out that Kameroun's roommate had sold her beloved pet for $200! But would she ever see Semper again?

Awful Roommate

Awful Roommate

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Humans know no boundaries when it comes to greed. "How could anyone be this cruel?" she thought to herself. Evil is everywhere and Kameroun was well aware of it. But she could've never imagined she had left her poor helpless dog with such a cruel monster. How could her roommate do such a thing? But Kameroun didn't have time to dwell. She needed to find Semper, wherever he may be!

Sheriff's Visit

Sheriff's Visit

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After battling a long legal case, the court ruled in Kameroun's favor and Semper was seized by the sheriff, declaring her the rightful owner. On October 18, 2018, Ana Campos Investigations uploaded a video on Youtube, with the caption: "Watch at your own risk of crying immediately. Here is the video and audio from Kameroun Mares reunion with her dog Semper today."

They Were Meant To Be

They Were Meant To Be

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Two years had gone by but their bond was as strong as ever. Perhaps, Semper's new owners may have loved and protected him through these years, but he was never able to forget his rightful owner. When Campos posted the video of Semper reuniting with Kameron, it left the internet in tears. Would it take him a few minutes to recognize her?

"Semper!"

"Semper!"

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Semper can be seen arriving in the back of a black car, his tail wagging wildly as he paces on the backseat. Then, the officer opens the door and brings the Husky out on a leash. Kameroun sees her beloved companion and yells "Semper!" and the Husky's ears prick forward. But will he remember her after over two years apart?

Reunion

Reunion

Semper strains on the lead when he hears his name, and the officer lets him go. He sprints towards Kameroun, eyes wide and tongue lolling out of his grinning mouth. Kameroun awaits him with open arms and kneels to receive him. After everything she's been through, she finally has her best friend back!

Flashes

Flashes

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At that precise moment, Kameroun couldn't help but remember the day she brought little Semper home when he was a puppy. Memories of their beautiful time together kept flashing by. There he was! Her beloved Semper. He may have been a bit older, but in her eyes, he would always be her furry baby, her very best friend in the whole world.

Tears Of Joy

Tears Of Joy

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The raw emotion at finally seeing Semper again after more than two years has Kameroun wailing as she pets him all over. Semper is beside himself with excitement and darts to and fro, refusing to stand still while Kameroun runs her fingers through his luxurious fur. The video is sure to bring viewers to tears! But one aspect of Semper never changed.

Accountability

Accountability

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“He’s still the same as usual,” Kameroun cries. “Just tugging the leash as always.” Kameroun cries tears of joy into her dog's fur and then leads him inside — back home. But the question remains, how did this happen in the first place? Who is to be held accountable for Semper's unauthorized rehoming?

Determination

Determination

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Ana Campos Investigations wrote: "Please keep in mind Kameroun is just 26 years old. She was 23 when this began. For a young girl to have the wherewithal and courage to hire a private investigator and attorney is remarkable. Shame on Petkey pets for causing her to suffer and spend her savings on fighting for her dog back because of the role they played."

Finding The Culprits

Finding The Culprits

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The pup was thankfully in good health, and he still loved her more than anything in the world. But Kameroun couldn't believe people could be so cruel. Her roommate was the first link in the chain. But someone else was willing to buy a dog who clearly belonged to someone else. Kameroun wanted the culprits to be held responsible. After all, how could Semper have been chipped twice? Did Petkey Pets play a roll in all this? Well, according to Campos, they did.

Irresponsible

Irresponsible

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"He was stolen and sold by her roommate 2 1/2 years ago. She was told he was lost on April 30, 2016. But on April 11, 2016, the buyer added their name to his AKC Reunite "registered chip." They registered this registered chip on Petkey pets instead. Petkey pets did not bother to see if he was chipped already." Nevertheless, Ana Campos Investigations were as thrilled as Kameroun to finally have Semper back!

Response

Response

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PetKey's response was unsatisfactory: “It is a pet identifier,” they claimed. “It’s not a certificate of ownership, it’s just to help pets going in the right direction. Vets, shelters, animal control etcetera. It’s not for the microchip company to determine who the rightful owner is.” But surely they should have checked for a chip and contacted Semper's owner?

They Could've Made A Difference

They Could've Made A Difference

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Petkey could've made such a difference in the world if they had only bothered to check if Semper had been chipped before. It really does make you wonder if they should've been charged in some way. After all, they had the means to contact Semper's rightful owner from the very beginning, and yet, they chose to microchip the dog, even if he'd been microchipped before.

Importance Of Microchips

Importance Of Microchips

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Nevertheless, Semper's story serves to illustrate how important it is for people to microchip their pets — if it weren't for Kameroun's ability to check Semper's online microchip records, she may never have seen him again. “The huge wound in my heart can finally start healing,” Kameroun told ABC News. Kemeroun also advised owners of lost pets to check their microchip records for extra registries: “I implore owners to be aware that this can and does happen,” she cautions.

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