“I can’t wait to see them reunited. That’s going to be a good feeling.”
JENNIE McKEON @JennieMnwfdn
FORT WALTON BEACH — Looks like Deja the dog has found a ride home to Michigan.
Earlier this week the Daily News reported on Deja, a terrier mix who had been separated from her family for the past four months. When she was finally found through a Panhandle Animal Welfare Society post on Facebook, there was just one problem — her owners live in Michigan.
Leave it to the community of animal lovers to find a way to reunite Deja with her owner, Amanda Scroggins, who lives outside Detroit.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” said Yvonne Waples, a desk clerk at PAWS. “The nature of the job is not always happy, but this makes all the bad days worth it.”
Waples said when Deja saw Scroggins over FaceTime it was evident who the dog belonged to.
“That was her mama, there was no denying that,” she said.
Tina Hunter, a local Realtor, has been making regular trips to Michigan to visit her family for years. Coincidentally, she was planning to leave for the Great Lakes State on Saturday and agreed to make Deja her copilot when a friend shared the article with her. She’ll swing by the shelter to pick up Deja on Saturday afternoon after work.
Hunter went to PAWS to visit Deja with a few treats in hand Thursday in preparation for the trip. Since Deja suffers from anxiety, she will be harnessed in the front seat next to Hunter during the roughly 16-hour trip.
“I need someone to keep me company,” Hunter said with a laugh. “I’ll get a big bag of beef jerky for us.”
With three dogs of her own, Hunter said she knows how important they are to a family. She’s excited for the reunion.
“I can’t wait to see them reunited,” she said. “That’s going to be a good feeling.”