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Therapy dog lost for 3 years can't believe she's finally reunited with her owners

black lab cross with happy owners dog-happy
© Debra Dinstett-Mejeur - Facebook

She was trained to look after her owner’s health. When on holiday in 2017 Lola the Labrador disappeared, her absence was felt not just by her owner but by those far and wide.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 02/01/2021, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:23

Michigan resident Debra Mejeur received Lola as part of her treatment for a sudden onset of seizures. The black Labrador had been trained to detect the forewarning of an attack, and was able to alert others to her owner’s treatment.

However, on a trip to Chicago three years ago, Debra and husband Steve were plunged into panic when their beloved dog vanished from the back garden of their holiday home.

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The couple spent several weeks in the area, searching from door to door and posting notices, hoping all the while that soon Lola would be found and they could all return home.

After a month scouring the Chicago neighbourhood though, the Mejeurs were forced to return home empty-handed.

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In June of this year the couple’s luck changed. Local Michigan authorities received a call from a couple in Glendale Heights, Illinois who claimed to have found Lola roaming a local forest.

After some coaxing, the Illinoisans managed to tempt the dog closer, and were then able to arrange for a local vet to scan the dog’s microchip.

Lola reunited!

One thing led to another and this month Lola was once more united with the Mejeurs.


No more cover photo with Lola with angel wings. Now, it's all smiles.

Posted by Debra Dinstett-Mejeur on Sunday, December 6, 2020

Talking to The Guardian, Debra Mejeur said, “I still had an ounce of hope, I guess, but the majority of me was thinking she had already crossed the rainbow bridge. I was just completely stunned.



Posted by Debra Dinstett-Mejeur on Saturday, December 5, 2020

“I feel like I’m in a dream right now.”

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