It was two years since the woman’s husky had vanished, and she still missed the pup. It had apparently run off when she was out of the house, and no one had seen it since. She hadn’t given up the search, though, and one day she received some shocking news.
Life dealt a cruel hand to Californian Kameroun Mares, who suffered a horrible illness at a young age. In 2004, before she was even in her teens, doctors diagnosed Mares with cancer. To be more specific, they told her she had acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
But that wasn’t the only thing Mares had to deal with. As a consequence of the leukemia, she also developed Type 1 diabetes on top of everything else. Needless to say, the illnesses not only had a physical impact on Mares, but a psychological one as well.
Mares also battled depression and sought out a way to bring some positivity back into her life. With that in mind, she decided to get a dog. Not only would it be good company, but it would also give Mares motivation to regulate her hyperglycemia with exercise.
As a result, in 2013 the young woman acquired a husky puppy called Semper Fidelis. Mares found that being with Semper made life a lot easier. She could get out, have fun and always had a best friend by her side for emotional support.
Semper continued to be a constant in Mares’ life, even when she moved to Florida in 2015. The change caused some unexpected obstacles with her continuing treatment, however. In fact, unbeknownst to Mares, she wasn’t insured for medical procedures in her new state.
This unfortunately meant that Mares had to travel back to California for her hospital appointments in 2016. In addition, she had to begrudgingly leave Semper behind for the duration of her visit. But as a responsible pet owner, Mares didn’t leave him alone.
Instead, she left Semper in the care of two people: her roommate and a pet sitter. Mares then continued with her planned return trip to California, which didn’t go as well as she’d hoped – especially when she received a call from her roommate regarding Semper.
During an interview with ABC News in October 2018, Mares recalled how the conversation had gone. “I was told by my roommate Semper had escaped through the front door,” Mares explained. “I asked, ‘Did he have a collar on?’ My roommate said he didn’t know.”
Obviously, Mares was beside herself with worry and did everything she could to locate Semper. She joined internet groups for lost pets, for instance, and used the husky’s microchip to try to find him. All her efforts proved fruitless, however, until she double-checked the microchip license some two years later.
It turned out that two companies were registered on Semper’s microchip, in fact: the original American Kennel Club details and a business called “Pet Key.” Furthermore, the second organization had been added shortly after the husky’s reported escape. Mares subsequently hired a lawyer and a private investigator called Ana Campos Investigations (ACI) to get to the bottom of what had happened.
After an in-depth investigation, ACI made a disturbing allegation about Semper’s absence: he apparently didn’t run away at all. “In reality, he was never missing; he was sold,” Mares claimed in the interview with ABC News. “He was stolen [by my roommate] and sold from me without my consent.”
It turned out that Mares’ roommate had apparently sold Semper off for $200, and a legal battle ensued. Eventually, though, Mares reunited with her husky more than two years after the dog’s disappearance. And ACI uploaded a Facebook video of its client’s reaction on October 18, 2018.
The heart-melting footage begins with Mares shouting Semper’s name as he arrives in the back of a car. For his part, the husky is restlessly pacing along the rear seat and wagging his tail like crazy. It looks as if he can’t wait to get out and see his human.
When Semper sees Mares, in fact, his ears prick up and he takes off running straight towards her. The husky winds up in his owner’s open arms, showering her face with kisses. And the reunion is overwhelming for Mares, who breaks down in tears of joy.
Semper’s too excited to stay still, forcing Mares to hold on to his leash tightly while the dog dashes around. “He’s still the same as usual,” she cries out. “Just tugging the leash as always.” Mares can’t stop herself from sobbing, but Semper’s on hand to comfort her.
The video ends with Mares and Semper walking off-camera to catch up on lost time. As for Pet Key, the second company registered to Semper’s microchip, ABC News asked them for a comment. Nick Acosta, Pet Key’s president, supplied a response.
“It is a pet identifier,” Acosta claimed. “It’s not a certificate of ownership, it’s just to help pets going in the right direction. Vets, shelters, animal control etcetera. It’s not for the microchip company to determine who the rightful owner is.”
The most important thing, though, is surely that Semper and Mares are back together, even if it did take two years. Mares informed ABC News that she is slowly recovering from the emotional damage that her roommate’s alleged theft caused. “The huge wound in my heart can finally start healing,” Mares said.
In addition, Mares revealed the origin behind Semper Fidelis’ name. “It’s a Latin phrase meaning ‘always faithful,’” she explained. “And Semper has always been faithful to me.” Mares also advised lost pet owners to double check their furbabies’ microchip licenses for extra registries, saying, “I implore owners to be aware that this can and does happen.”