Today in life imitating Disney movies: a Golden Retriever named Murphy has been reunited with her owners after wandering away from their camp site in the Tahoe National Forest nearly two years ago.
Owners Nathan and Erin Braun told Sacramento's KXTV they never gave up searching for Murphy after she disappeared in October of 2012. After posting flyers and searching the woods, the couple has been maintaining a lost dog Murphy Braun facebook page ever since.
Earlier this month, the couple received a call from someone who had spotted a lost dog at French Meadows Reservoir — a campground five miles away from where they lost Murphy. After a couple days searching the woods, the Braun's left Murphy's old bed (which they had kept for two years?) and some of their clothes outside with the campground host. The first night it was out, Murphy apparently curled up on the bed:
"There was Murphy, sleeping on the blanket," Jason Smith told KXTV. "And right there I knew, that's Murphy. That's their dog. It was curled up with its head on the hat."
The Brauns are 99% sure the dog is the one they lost, because there are some "subtle" physical differences that they didn't remember about her, but that could probably be chalked up to the fact that Murphy just survived two winters in Tahoe. According to ABC, the couple are still awaiting DNA results, but Murphy is looking pretty happy:
Next, we'll be waiting for the Lost in San Francisco sequel.