LINDON, Utah — A beloved dog has been reunited with his owner after being lost for more than three weeks in the foothills above Lindon.
"Everett," a border collie mix, had been missing since Sept. 11. Nanettte York almost gave up hope until she spotted the black dog Sunday morning.
"Oh my gosh. It was so amazing,” said York. “When he was running, he stopped, looked at me for a little minute while I was still talking and then he’s like, ‘That’s my mom' and he came running down.”
The tearful reunion took place less than a mile from York’s Orem home where he went missing.
"When we met up, there was a chain link fence and barbed wire between us. He’s crying and I’m crying and he’s banging himself into the chain link fence,” said York.
Three weeks ago, Everett played off-leash with a neighbor puppy when a car spooked him and he ran off. He is skittish after being born a stray on the Navajo Nation. York rescued him last year.
"We call him 'Gentle Evee,' and he’s just so sweet. It was so hard. We just cried,” said York.
Lost in the Utah County wilderness for weeks, Everett was spotted only twice. Traps with rotisserie chicken inside weren’t enough. Then, York left a robe with her scent which she believes kept Everett nearby.
“Amazement. This is a miracle. Really I was after going and going and going, I was almost ready to give up,” said York.
Everett has lost weight and is tired from the ordeal, but overall, is in good health.