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A Christmas tail: After 19 days, Arden dog found in time for Christmas

A dog missing for nearly three weeks is reunited with his family just in time for Christmas. (Photo credit: WTVD Vivian Weir Dugan via WNC's Lost & Found Pets)

A dog missing for nearly three weeks was reunited with his family in North Carolina just in time for Christmas.

Vivian Weir Dugan says that she and her husband, Jack, averted "a miserable Christmas" when their 7-year-old Australian Shepherd mix Whitney was found on Christmas Eve.

Whitney had gone missing in Hendersonville, more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) away from his Arden home. A man recognized him from a lost pets Facebook group.

The Dugans had pursued multiple tips to no avail. Group administrator Christy Lovelace said it was the longest exchange she'd seen, describing the search as a "wild goose chase" culminating in a "blessing."

Dugan says they'll be gifting GPS trackers to their dogs and thank-you notes and cookies to all who helped.

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