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Dog lost for six years returns home by Christmas

Posted at 7:23 PM, Dec 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-24 22:23:20-05

People around the valley are going home for the holidays, but one family in northwest Las Vegas is being reunited with a member of their family for the first time in six years.  

"He's got a story to tell, but all I can say is he's glad to be home," says David Marks, the owner of Willie.  

Willie, an 11-year-old Sheltie, went missing six years ago.  

The Marks family were vacationing in Pioche when Willie suddenly ran off and didn't come back.  

David and Alison Marks desperately searched for him, but were never able to find him.  

"We were expecting him to somehow come out of the woods and run towards us like we never left him," says Alison Marks.  "But I knew that was impossible."  

Six years went by, and then last week they got a phone call that Willie had been found at a shelter in Elko.  

Willie had somehow traveled nearly 300 miles until he was picked up by another family, but then he ran away again.

A shelter was able to find the Marks through Willie's microchip. 

The Marks are calling it a miracle to be reunited for the holidays.  

"It's a good Christmas present," says David Marks. "Probably the best Christmas present we could get, oh that's for sure."