SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - A dog has been reunited with its owner after being apart for more than two years.
"It's a Christmas miracle," said Simone Brown.
For Brown, it has been an emotional day as she was reunited with her little Yorkie, which she named Prada Chanel.
"Oh my god! Prada! Hi baby!" Brown said, upon seeing her six-year-old dog.
The dog was reunited with her owner on the evening of Dec. 22.
"Thank you so much! I'm so grateful for you! You're like my Santa!" said Brown.
Dog found in California desert
Brown said she got Prada Chanel when the dog was just five weeks old. However, after she moved from New York to California to live with family, she was forced to give her up.
"A guy, a truck driver with kids was like he will take her, and he will take care of her, and he promised me," said Brown.
It is still unknown how Prada Chanel went missing. Specifically, it is unknown whether the dog escaped or was left in the desert, and it is also unknown how long she was out in the desert. However, Prada Chanel was found by an area dog rescue group.
"I saw two tiny little dogs out there digging in some trash," said Joann Canafax with savemytail.org "She was a mess, matted, really long nails. Scanned her for a chip, and she had a chip, and it was chipped to New York to the lady, [Brown]."
Prada Chanel the Yorkie, in a photo taken when she was found in the California desert. (Photo Courtesy: Joann Canafax)
Since Prada Chanel's new owners did not re-register her microchip, the rescue went directly to Brown, and soon, they figured out a way to bring her home, with one of the volunteers' boyfriends driving the dog to Scottsdale, where Brown now lives.
"Always chip your dogs. Be sure to register them and keep the phone numbers current, 'cause that allows reunions like this to happen," said Ted Pfirrmann.
"I love her so much. I will not let her go anywhere else, and I promise: never again baby. We will do it together," said Brown.
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