Even after her dog had been gone a month, Deb Uden never gave up, and the persistence of Uden, her friends and family paid off.
On Saturday, the Hamilton County woman was reunited with her dog Jax, who’d been gone for 31 days. The happy reunion took place in Denver. Uden and her son-in-law made the trip to collect the dog, which was taken from her home on Dec. 7.
Both the pet and owner were thrilled to see each other.
“Oh, yeah, he was a happy boy,” she said. “I told my son-in-law he had to drive all the way home so I could hold him.”
The 3-year-old Chihuahua had traveled an unusual path since his abduction.
“He was found roaming on the second floor of a Candlewood Suites in Brighton, Colo.,” she said.
The hotel’s cleaning crew found the dog, thinking he belonged to one of the guests. But no one claimed him. The wife of the hotel’s manager put an ad in a small publication.
Uden’s friends and family stayed busy checking buy/sell/trade web pages in surrounding states, including Colorado, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. Uden also hired a Denver private investigator.