You can find a little bit of everything at Walmart from produce and groceries to lingerie, big-screen TVs, and auto parts. For one very lucky mutt, if you know where to look, you can also find your misplaced human friend.
When Abby the dog disappeared in Dothan, Alabama, all she left behind was her collar and an empty tie-out line.
June Rountree and her husband scoured the neighborhood door-to-door, searching for their missing 4-year-old black-and-white fur baby to no avail.
Three weeks passed and there was no sign of Abby, then something extraordinary happened.
June was working the weekend shift at the Walmart register when she heard a rumpus.
Somehow, a dog had gotten loose in the store and was artfully dodging the would-be shoppers and staff trying to corral her as she careened through the various departments.
“I was like, ‘What in the world is happening?’” customer service associate Danielle Robinette told The Washington Post.
When the dog arrived at June’s post, register No. 6, it was clear she wasn’t checking out, she was checking in.
Although June could scarcely believe it, the dashing doggo in line with 10 items or less was her long-absent Abby.
“I called her name and she came to me,” Rountree told WaPo. “I bent over and hugged her. I completely lost it then. I couldn’t speak. I was in complete shock and just couldn’t believe it.”
No-one is sure where Abby was for the three weeks she went AWOL, but for a dog that had been on its own three weeks she was in remarkably good shape.
The Rountrees believe someone must have been feeding her even if they were unable to catch her, and they’re truly grateful for that.
There’s also speculation that since June had been with Abby in the Walmart parking lot a few times, the dog might have recognized the location when she happened upon it in her travels.
Whether Abby was prompted to brave the superstore’s threshold in search of food, shelter, or something else is anyone’s guess, but we’d like to think the canny canine followed her hunting instincts on a hunch that June would be inside.
While we’re not sure what aisle Walmart generally stocks happy reunions on, we think it’s safe to say when Abby left the store to go home with her mom, she was one pawsomely satisfied customer.