Miraculous Reunion: Lake of the Ozarks Community Rallies to Bring Missing Dog Home

Dated: February 27 2024

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In a heartwarming turn of events, Benjamin, the beloved canine companion, has been reunited with his owner, Torrie Hammond, a Lake of the Ozarks Local, after a harrowing three-week disappearance that brought a community together in search of the missing pup.

Torrie recounts the events leading up to Benjamin's disappearance on January 27th, explaining, "My dad let Benji outside around 6 pm and couldn't get him to come back in. I searched through the woods near my house, made calls to vets and shelters, posted on Facebook, and created flyers, but there was no sign of him."

The search intensified over the following days, with Torrie and her friends driving around, distributing flyers, and shedding tears in their quest to find Benjamin. Little did they know, Benji had traveled an astonishing 150 miles from home.

Torrie's determination paid off on February 12th when a Facebook post showed Benjamin eating a deer carcass. "I couldn't believe my eyes. He was two hours away from home!" Without hesitation, Torrie and her boyfriend embarked on a journey to bring Benji back, arriving at 2 am.

Despite the initial excitement of seeing Benji, the reunion wasn't immediate. Torrie recalls, "We hollered and searched for him until 5 am with no luck. After a brief sleep, we resumed searching at 10 am." Fortunately, a call from Shannon, the woman who found and posted about Benji on Facebook, provided a breakthrough.

Shannon informed Torrie that Benji had a routine in the neighborhood. With the help of supportive neighbors, traps were set up in areas Benji was known to frequent. It became apparent that Benji had found himself in St. Louis, possibly picked up by a truck driver and abandoned due to his previous medical conditions.

Despite the emotional rollercoaster, Torrie had to return to the lake after three days in St. Louis, trusting rescuers like Kay, a compassionate lady who, with the help of Casey, a part of a human search and rescue team, successfully tracked down Benji. The miraculous reunion occurred on February 17th, exactly three weeks since Benjamin went missing.

Torrie expressed her gratitude, stating, "It's going to be a long road of recovery, but I'm so thankful he's finally home safely and so grateful for all the support me and Benjamin have received during these very hard times."

The heartening tale of Benjamin's return serves as a testament to the power of community, social media, and the unwavering determination of a pet owner refusing to give up on their best friend.

1 comments in this topic

  • Posted by Joyce Coffey Goeringer
    02/27/2024
    This is my great niece. This is such a great story you did on her and her dog Benjamin. We are all so thankful for everyone involved in helping bring Benjamin home cant thank them enough. Sincerely Joyce

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