KUSA - Monday afternoon marked a momentous day for Evergreen native Matt Volger and his 5-year-old dog Rue.
It was the first time they got a chance to return to the dog park they’ve spent many a hour playing fetch.
“I'm still having a hard time believing he's back,” Volger said.
At 2 a.m. Saturday, Volger got a call from a woman from Wisconsin.
It was about Rue, who had been missing for more than two months. The woman had seen a photo of Rue posted by a friend. He was standing under a bridge in Arvada alone, with a studded collar wrapped tightly around his neck.
“When he first disappeared people asked me what does it feel like. It felt like they had stolen my liver,” Volger said. “He's just been my homie for 5-years straight now.”
Rue disappeared on July 6 from Volger’s restaurant in Idaho Springs. No one knows for sure what happened but judging by the collar Volger guesses he was stolen.
“He's just always been my constant so when he disappeared it was like my safety blanket was gone,” Volger said.
It made for an unforgettable reunion.
“We were laying together and I was afraid to fall asleep because it just felt like a dream. I was worried if I fell asleep and woke up again he'd be gone,” Volger remembered.
The first night together the duo played fetch until sunrise.
Matt is planning a parade for Rue at 2 p.m. Saturday September 17th in Lakewood. For more information about it visit his Facebook Page Bring Rue Home
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