Missing Seeing Eye Dog Returns With Gift

Neighbor Rescues 'Gwen' And Pays Vet Bills

A guide dog, frightened by Tuesday night's storms, escapes from her home, leaving her blind owner desperate to find her.

"I thought I closed the front door," said Denver resident Michael Thorpe.

During the downpour Tuesday night, his front door blew open, and his seeing eye dog, Gwen, disappeared.

"She means the world to me. She's my eyes. She's my friend," said Thorpe.

So for hours, in the middle of the storm, Thorpe walked his neighborhood, calling for Gwen, but there was no sign of her.

"I've already lost a pair of eyes. To lose another pair of eyes would be devastating," he said.

While he was waiting on his front porch all night, hoping the storm would pass, Anette Anderson was looking for him.

She found Gwen late Tuesday night, and called the number on the tags, an 800-number for Guide Dogs For the Blind.

"We live just around the corner, actually," said Anderson. "When I saw that she was a guide dog, I thought, 'I've got to find this guide dog's home.'"

7NEWS cameras were there as she brought Gwen home for the emotional reunion.

"Is that her?" asked Thorpe.

"Gwen! Come here girl! Come here! I was so worried about you, " he said, while hugging his dog.

If every storm cloud has a silver lining, here it is: Anderson not only paid to have Gwen microchipped, but she put her credit card on file at the veterinarian's office and offered to pay for any vet work in the future.

"I just thought it would be nice to do something for another living animal," said Anderson. "That's enough of a reward for me. That's all I really needed."

Thorpe said he also now has all he really needed; his best friend, come rain or shine.

"I think she's glad she's back," he said as she curled up on the front porch.

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