Dog, owner reunited a year later


COLUMBIA (AP) — Call it a tail-wagging ending to a doggone good story.

After a year — and dozens of miles — apart, a pit bull named Ratchet has been reunited with his owner, thanks to the dogged determination of a South Carolina dog lover.

Esther Atkins was walking her dog this week when she noticed a pup cowering in a mud puddle. Atkins says the timid canine followed her home, where she went to work trying to find his owner.

After having the dog's microchip scanned, Atkins says she got in touch with a woman in Greenwood, nearly 70 miles (113 kilometers) away. Ratchet had been missing a year — and his owner feared him dead.

Atkins says it was wagging tails all the way around Friday when Ratchet's owners picked him up .