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For a dog named Zeus, a chance to go home again

Posted August 9, 2015
Updated August 15, 2015

— A pooch named Zeus set off on an adventure Sunday to reunite with a military family forced to leave him behind three years ago.

“Doesn't bark, doesn't attack you when you come home. Just wants to be petted,” Pat Williams said of the mellow dog with the mythological name. “We don’t know much about his life story.”

Williams’ daughter found Zeus in Durham. They took him to a vet, where they discovered he had a microchip. From there, they learned he originally belong to a military family named the Harworths.

“We know that the Harworths adopted him from the kennel in Georgia, and they were transferred to Korea for a few years and left him with a family friend here in NC,” Terry Williams said. “And in December 2012, they were told that Zeus had died.”

No one knows where Zeus had been since that December, but what matters to his original owners is that he is alive and will soon join them in Washington.

Rachel Overby, a manager with Banfield Pet Hospital, volunteered to drive Zeus to Washington.

"We are headed to Nashville, Tenn., today," she said. "I’m just excited to be getting him home.”

Zeus will arrive in Washington by Friday. But first, he had to say goodbye to another family - the Williamses.

“We love him,” Terry Williams said. “He’s easy to love.”


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  • Tobaira Selkie Aug 10, 2015
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    What an awesome story!

  • Janet Scott Aug 10, 2015
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    This is a beautiful story and this is how it should go...if you find or adopt a dog and then discover he belongs to someone else...let him go back to the real owner. Thanks to the Williams family for that. You're good people. And Sean Maroney is such a good person as well!!

  • David Tew Aug 10, 2015
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    If Iwere the original owners I would be interested in finding out why the had tolde the dog was dead when he wasn't.

  • Johan Summer Aug 9, 2015
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    Some wonderful news for a change! Thanks to the Williams Family, who fostered and loved Zeus, NBC's Sean Maroney and everyone who helped arrange Zeus' journey home!!