“I was worried sick about him.”
A loyal dog just reunited with his favorite person, who never stopped searching for him even though he went missing over two years ago.
And the story of how they managed to find each other again is nothing short of epic.
The husky first came into Kameroun Mares’ life at a time when she needed love and companionship the most.
Kameroun was being treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It was just after getting chemotherapy in the summer of 2013 that she met the young dog and decided to make him a part of her family.
She named him Semper Fidelis — “Always faithful” in Latin — and called him Semper for short.
“He’s always been faithful to me,” Kameroun told The Dodo. But as faithful as Semper was, something still managed to tear Mares and her beloved dog apart.
In 2016, Kameroun had to go to California from Florida for further medical treatments and her roommate at the time agreed to take care of Semper. But Kameroun got a call she never expected. “I was told by my ex-roommate that he was missing.”
When she returned, she searched everywhere for Semper. When she had to move to California later that year, she continued to contact shelters in Florida.
“For a year, I continued searching while in California, posting up fliers via pet sites, calling 15 vet places around were I used to live over there about him, calling the humane societies about him, shelters,” Kameroun said.
“I was worried sick about him, and missed him dearly.”
That’s when she decided to get help. She asked a private investigator, Ana Campos, to help track down her beloved dog.
Campos found out that someone had put Semper on Craigslist for sale for $200 and that’s why he had never shown up, despite all of Kameroun searching.
Finally, just the other day, Semper was reunited with Kameroun— and both the dog and Mares were overwhelmed with emotion. Kameroun broke into joyful tears and Semper was so excited he could not stop bouncing.
“Being able to play a role in this reunion and being present was one of the best days of my life,” Campos said.
Semper is settling back into his family very well, taking long walks around his new neighborhood in California and learning the lay of the land with Kameroun (whose cancer is thankfully in remission).
“He still remembers his commands and tricks that I taught him,” Kameroun said. “My special favorite one is the ‘go home’ command … I tell him, ‘Semper, go home. Where’s home? Go home.'” And Semper finds the exact right doorstep.
“I see him as extension of myself and my heart,” Kameroun said. “I am glad I have him back in my arms.”