A blind dog that was lost and believed to be dead is reunited with his San Antonio family for Christmas, thanks to Craigslist, a teacher and an animal care agency.
Nearly a month after Stevie Oedipus Wonder disappeared, the cairn terrier mix puppy is home for the holiday, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
"This is my Christmas miracle," Stevie's owner, Belinda Gutierrez, said.
Stevie, born without eyes and apparently abused by a previous owner, was found early in 2011 by Gutierrez's daughter as he wandered near a city duck pond. Instantly, the dog became a part of the family.
Days after Thanksgiving, though, Stevie disappeared.
On Dec. 11, Stevie showed up at Animal Care Services. A collar and tag kept him alive for five days, Jeanne Saadi, the agency's live release coordinator, said. But with outdated information, the agency failed to find his owners and prepared to euthanize him.
That's when Brooke Orr, a high school teacher, saw the agency's ad seeking a home for the blind dog. She agreed to care for Stevie over the holidays.
Meanwhile, Gutierrez's distraught daughter posted a lost dog notice on Craigslist.
Orr noticed the tag dangling on the dog's neck.
"I thought that he must belong to someone. So I went to Craigslist and went to lost and found and I put in 'blind dog,' and there he was," she said.
Now back at home, Stevie awoke this morning to a stocking stuffed with doggy treats.