Mike Plas was at work when he says he got the greatest phone call of his life on the afternoon of September 20. It was from an animal shelter in Winnipeg.
The shelter asked Mike if he had a dog named Jack. Mike told the shelter that he had lost Jack four years ago in Thunder Bay, Ontario. And to his surprise, the shelter said they got Mike’s information off a microchip in a dog they had found.
Jack, a Husky mix, went missing after he slipped out of his perimeter collar and ran away from home. Plas says he missed his companion and searched for years, posting online about Jack in the hope someone would find him.
“We did everything together – we went fishing together, went hunting together, he came to work with me half the time. I’d take time off work to celebrate his birthday with him. Some days I’d get really upset, when I’m missing him a lot,” said Plas. “But I never lost hope.”
So Mike and his family hopped in the car and made the 400-plus-mile trip to Centennial Animal Shelter in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
He arrived at the shelter the next day, told them who he was and showed them a picture of Jack. It was a match!
Then, the sweetest reunion took place, between a man and his long lost best friend! Mike said as soon as they brought Jack out to him, his life instantly felt back to normal.
“Life without him has never been the same and the feeling of having Jacko back is unexplainable,” said Mike Plas in a Facebook post. “Never ever lose hope, I didn’t and after four years apart in different provinces we are together again.”