The 13-year-old dog named Sadie turned up on a WZZM-TV newscast on Monday. The dog was filmed receiving oxygen from firefighter in Muskegon County’s Fruitport Township after being rescued from a burning home.
Marie Tejchma and her son saw the footage, compared it with online news photos and confirmed it was their missing dog.
The fire department helped connect Tejchma with Sara Puente, who found the wandering dog with no ID tags. Nobody recognized Sadie in the area, so Puente brought her home.
Puente, her daughter, Sadie and other animals escaped the blaze — which is believed to have started in the laundry room and caused about $15,000 in damage.
Tejchma said she forgot to make sure Sadie was inside her home back on Nov. 19, when she and her husband were leaving for the day. The dog apparently couldn’t find her way home after trying to follow the car.
Tejchma said she’s grateful that Puente opened her home to an old dog.
“Who in their right mind would pick up a blind, deaf, lame dog?” Tejchma said.