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Lost dog survives cold snap and wanders into veterinary hospital

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WESTMINSTER - A dog that was missing for nearly a week has been safely returned to its family, after the pet wandered into a veterinary hospital.

The story of the dog's reunion came to 9NEWS as a newstip.

"Most dogs don't like going to the vet but he was very happy to be here," said owner Carrie Garnett.

When Kona came wandering in to the Animal Central Veterinary Hospital in Westminster, Garnett had almost given up hope.

"Both of our dogs had gotten out," Garnett said.

It was Monday and right in the middle of the cold snap, which amounted to nightmare for Garnett, her husband, and children.

"It was the coldest weather we've had in a long time and we were really worried he was going to get frost bite or freeze," Garnett said.

They quickly found their other dog Bugsy, but Kona was gone and Garnett was 'heartbroken.'

Her dog was wandering around Westminster with temperatures plummeting below zero.

"The night before it was like 10 below. So it was extremely cold for these little guys," said Animal Central medical director Dr. George Stroberg.

Stroberg says that kind of weather is dangerous for most pets.

By Thursday, after four days outside, everyone feared the worst for Kona.

But then something incredible happened.

"I noticed a dog running in the snow out in front. As I watched it ran through the front doors because it had been here before," Stroberg said.

Kona recognized the veterinary office and all Dr. Stroberg had to do was scan Kona's microchip, verifying immediately who he belongs to.

"[Dr. Stroberg] said we found your dog. He just walked into the clinic," Garnett said.

A checkup showed no frostbite, no injuries, a perfectly healthy dog.

"He didn't have any problems at all," Garnett said.

After nearly a week of worry, in less than an hour, Kona was safely home.

"It was so amazing," Garnett said.

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