Rare dog found in Montana
A Washington state dog breeder who earlier this year put up a $1,000 reward after one of her prize-winning pooches disappeared from a Kamloops home says the animal has turned up — on the front step of a Montana animal shelter.
Jessica Nash, breeder and co-owner of two-year-old Irish terrier Bonham — short for Glenstal’s Hot Topic At Fairplay Bonham — told KTW the purebred dog vanished in June from the downtown Kamloops home of the animal’s co-owner.
In a story detailing Bonham’s disappearance in June, Nash told KTW the dog is one-of-a-kind.
“He was bred out of frozen semen from a Swedish dog that is no longer alive,” she said, describing Bonham’s bloodline as extinct.
“This breeding was planned for many years and Bonham is the only puppy out of the litter of three that is in tact and can carry on these old bloodlines.”
Nash said Bonham was found by staff at a Missoula, Mont., animal shelter on Saturday, Sept. 8.
She said the workers scanned the dog’s microchip and called both owners.
And, Nash said, Bonham was neutered at some point between June and his arrival at the Montana shelter.
“Who would do this to a purebred who has a microchip?” she asked.
Bonham is expected to be given a ride from Missoula to Seattle this week, where he’ll be reunited with Nash.
Anyone with information about how Bonham wound up in Montana can call Nash at 360-557-6267.