Lost San Diego Dog Found More Than 2,000 Miles After Nearly A Year Missing

April 6, 2024

A dog that vanished in San Diego last summer has been reunited with her owners after being found more than 2,000 miles away.

On July 16, Mischka, a 3-year-old Chihuahua-Terrier mix, disappeared from her owner's auto repair shop in San Diego's Midway District. Her owners, Elizabeth & Mehrad Houman, spared no effort to find their beloved pup, distributing over 1,000 flyers, posting on social media, and enlisting the help of a pet recovery service.

Despite being microchipped and wearing a collar with contact information, Mishka couldn't be found. Houman suspected foul play, fearing someone intentionally took the dog. Eight long months passed, and at the end of March, the Houmans received an unexpected phone call.  

The Grosse Point Animal Adoption Society in Michigan told the San Diego-based family that their Mishka had been found near Detroit. Someone found the small dog roaming the streets of Detroit and reported it to the police. Thanks to a microchip, Mishka was identified and found to be healthy after a vet check-up. However, her time away from home had taken a toll, leaving her visibly thinner and showing signs of anxiety.

"This is a tale that Hollywood would love to tell," the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society wrote in a post about the reunion.

Mehrad  Houman wasted no time and drove through the night to retrieve Mishka. The moment of reunion was described as emotional, with Mishka immediately recognizing her family. Despite Mishka's ordeal, Houman plans to have her certified as a therapy dog, hoping to turn her experience into a positive force by bringing comfort to others in need.