Dog Missing for 20 Months in Tahoe National Forest Reunites with Family


What are the odds that a dog missing for over a year and a half would survive two whole winters in a national forest AND reunite with its family? Ask anybody and majority will likely say it’s not possible – but for the Braun family, it’s a true-to-life miracle! In October 2012, on a family trip to Tahoe National Forest, their dog Murphy, a female Golden Retriever, went missing, never to be found again… until now.

This past weekend, Janice Watkins and her family were camping at the Lewis Campground in Tahoe National Forest when the five-year-old Golden Retriever walked up to them. Murphy went up to the Watkins family’s Border Collie dog and stood by it, long enough for them to take hold of her and put a leash on her.

On a Facebook page for Murphy Braun, the family put out the following message:

“After 20 long months of being in the Tahoe National Forest, Murphy has come home. As you can imagine we are completely shocked and amazed with the miracle of her surviving this long. We responded to a call from a couple who spotted a dog matching her description in an area within 5 miles of where we lost her.

After multiple days looking for her without success, we left her bed and our clothing behind with the campground host, in the hopes that she would respond.

A week went by and we got a call from the campground host who was able to coax her into a kennel after she had been sleeping every night on the blanket and clothing that was left behind.

We were reunited with Murphy, on Sunday afternoon – Father’s Day!

She is on the road to recovery, very thin and frail but happy to be home with her family. We have so many people to thank the list is endless.

Words can not describe how grateful we are.

Homeward Bound was instrumental in their efforts to help, the campground host – Jason, Jacob (guy that made the call), Missy, Lea, Deann, Teresa, Mike, Mike, Mary, Jason, Lauren, Larry, Bubba, Wawa, Bob and Kim — You all know who you are Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are forever grateful.” — Nathan and Erin Braun”

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  1. Gloria Pontzius September 6, 2015

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