Family Reunited with Black Lab 7 Years After Fire

A dog who vanished during the 2007 San Diego firestorm has been reunited with his family after nearly 7 years.

John Hartman and his family not only lost their home in the devastating fire that burned half a million acres of land, but they lost their black Labrador retriever named Buddy, too.  Soon after, they packed up and headed to Oklahoma.

But during a recent trip to San Diego to visit their son, the Hartmans received a call they never expected. On the other end of the line was the Department of Animal Services–calling to tell them their beloved Buddy had been found. It was all thanks to a microchip that was planted in his neck two years prior to the fires.

The Hartmans had never given up hope that buddy came back to them. “I was pretty shocked,” Hartman told Fox 5 San Diego. “When we finally got to see him he looked the same. Somebody really took care of him.” According to Hartman, Buddy came to him the moment he called his name.

Elwood, World’s Ugliest Dog, Dies

RIP, Elwood.

The beloved Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix that became nationally known after winning the 2007 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest has died. Elwood was 8.

“The best part was he did not suffer, he was in my arms and with me,” Elwood’s owner, Karen Quigley, told CNN. “I couldn’t be more proud that people who haven’t met him loved him … I couldn’t be more proud.”

Quigley rescued Elwood when he was 9-months-old. The breeder was going to euthanize the Chihuahua mix because she thought he was too ugly to sell.

Elwood was just 2-years-old when people started to notice his distinctive face–most notably the fact that his tongue was always outside of his mouth. “He just doesn’t have any teeth on the left side of his mouth, so there’s nothing to keep his tongue in there. It never goes in. It’s out all the time,” said Quigley. He was often referred to by fans as Yoda or E.T. because of his resemblance to the famous science-fiction characters.

“He’s very confident in his looks,” Quigley said. “He thinks he’s very handsome.”

We agree, Elwood, we agree.

See more photos of Elwood through the years below:

Toddler Naps with 2-month-old Puppy

When blogger Jessica Shyba and her family adopted an adorable 7-week-old mutt named Theo, they didn’t expect an unlikely friendship to blossom. After 3 days in the family, Theo snuggled up Jessica’s toddler son Beau for nap time–and what happened after that was pure Instagram history. “And so began the most organic and beautiful friendship I have ever witnessed,” Shyba says.

Check out more photos of Theo & Beau’s nap time friendship below!