One Kansas City family is getting their happy ending after thieves broke into their home and their dog disappeared.
Kassie Wiggs and Jordan Scoffstall's dog Heidi recently went missing last week after some thieves broke into their home. But besides stealing material items, the worst thing happened when they left.
Apparently, the crooks left the door open, and their golden retriever ran out.
The family has been desperately searching for their furry friend ever since. And on Thursday, their prayers were finally answered.
Someone in their neighborhood found their dog and returned her. Heidi had been missing for about a week.
The couple picked up Heidi from Wayside Waifs. They said they would have rather had all their valuables taken than lose their precious baby.
They profusely thanked the neighbor who found Heidi and looked after her before turning her in as well as KCTV5 for doing the original story.
Heidi had shown up at Matthew McClain's home a few days earlier, and had played in his yard with his dog. She wouldn't let McClain near her until the storm Wednesday night.
"She was out on my front porch just howling and wanting somebody to let her in. So I let her in the house and cleaned her up, and got all the sticks and stuff out of her fur, and basically kept her warm and fed her and kept her safe," he said.
She even headed straight for a large kennel he had which was similar to the one she had at home.
After providing the needed shelter, he took her to Wayside Waifs just a few hours after a story about the family's plight aired on KCTV5 It's Your Morning. A worker at Wayside Waifs immediately recognized Heidi and called her owners.
Wayside Waifs microchipped Heidi for the couple.
"Heidi is priceless to us. She's not a pet. She's family," Scoffstall said. "They're your best friend, and they are so loyal. But once they go missing and they're out of your life, you really can't put that into words."
Burglars not only stole from a Kansas City couple, they also caused them to lose their dog by leaving their door wide open.
Kassie Wiggs and Jordan Schoffstall say the break-in took their sense of security and beloved pet.
For about a week, the couple has been posting pictures of their golden retriever mix Heidi on social media. So far, they have had no luck finding their pet after thieves targeted their home near Red Bridge and Grandview roads.
Normally, the couple's dogs greet them excitedly at the front door.
"We came home, and we were really surprised our dogs weren't at the front door," Wiggs said.
They found their back door was wide open. Someone stole their PlayStation, and their dog Heidi was gone.
"We've had Heidi since we first got together. She is our baby. We taught her everything she knows. She's smart. She's loyal. She doesn't run away. I think she was scared," Wiggs said.
Heidi's collar, with her tags, happened to break just before she disappeared. The couple has posted pictures of Heidi everywhere they can.
"It seems like everyone in the Kansas City area that cares about animals has been messaging us, spreading the story on Facebook, Twitter, lost dog's sites," Schoffstall said.
The couple is fostering another golden retriever named Bella, hoping to find her family. Bella is microchipped, but the phone numbers connected to the chip are disconnected.
"We just hope that it brings us good karma and helps us bring Heidi home. That is all we want. We pray every day. We really do," Wiggs said.
The couple asks anyone who finds a golden retriever to bring it to their local shelter.
"I don't care about the PlayStation. I told Jordan I wish we could have come home and our whole apartment would have been empty but our dogs here. I wish our furniture, our TV, everything of value was gone, and our dogs were still here," Schoffstall said.
The couple says Heidi is petite and only weighs about 45 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink collar.
She has a white chest and white fur that looks like "socks" on all four feet. Heidi also has white spots on her nose.
To report any possible sightings of Heidi, you can call 816-686-4017 or 816-612-0703 and ask for Kassie or Jordan.
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