ATLANTA … (AP) … A 7-year-old golden retriever named Pepper
disappeared from his owner's Atlanta home two days before last
Christmas and turned up nearly 425 miles away in Florida.
Flea-infested and filthy, Pepper wandered into Jay Getman's
St. Petersburg travel agency late last month. Through a local
vet, the 46-year-old Getman contacted Pepper's owners, Stephen
and Liz Cater, who were stunned at the news.
Pepper had a microchip implanted under his skin that allowed a
Florida veterinarian to trace Pepper to his owners.
Back at home on West Paces Ferry Road, Pepper is up to his old
tricks. Liz Carter says he steals shoes and leaves them in
exactly the same places he used to. It's unclear where Pepper
spent his months of wandering.