Carrot the dog might be blind in one eye, but she had no problem finding her family two years after being given up for adoption.
The too-incredible-to-believe reunion had its roots three years ago when Carrot, a mixed breed, was adopted as a rescue by the Sloan family of Cincinnati.
After one year, Carrot proved to be too much of an addition to the already bustling household full of a three-year-old, a five-year-old and another "wild" dog and Kristen Sloan made the difficult decision to give Carrot away.
"I was with her [Carrot] at a park and a guy stopped me and said, 'She's so cute,' and I said, 'Hey, do you want her?'" Sloan recalled. "I told him that we couldn't take care of her the way she needs to be taken care of."
After consulting with her husband, Rob, and explaining the situation to her disappointed kids, Sloan drove Carrot to the man's house, around 15 minutes away.
Fast forward to last Tuesday, two years later, when Sloan got a call she never expected.
"I got a phone call from a pet clinic saying that two women had found Carrot walking down the street and brought her into the clinic," she said. "When I called the women, it turns out they found her two blocks from our home."
A chip the Sloans had inserted in Carrot when they first adopted her identified them as the owners. Two years later and the story seemingly too unbelievable to be true, Sloan brought Carrot home, again.
"The kids were already asleep and then one woke up and Carrot jumped on the bed and wagged her tail," Sloane said. "I think she recognized the kids."
Sloan's children - Maggie, now six, and Calvin, now eight - had also never forgotten about Carrot, frequently asking their mom why she had left the family.
"They both started crying," she said. "I don't think I've ever seen them so excited before, even at Christmas time."
What amazes Sloane the most is how Carrot, who was "skin and bones" when she was found, managed to find her way back.
"The path has busy roads and train yards and she's blind in one eye," she said. "It's amazing with that or with the traffic that she wasn't hurt."
Regardless of her route or her history, Sloan says, this time Carrot is here to stay with the family.
"Yes, yes, yes," she replied. "She is a lesson on us making a mistake and for a second chance to make it right by her."
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