01/02/2015 11:17 EST | Updated 03/04/2015 05:59 EST

Deaf woman has service dog Milo returned after 6 months

Fredericton resident Sue Perry got the New Year's Day smooch of a lifetime when she was reunited with the service dog she lost in Ottawa in July — thanks to a volunteer group.

Sue Perry, who is originally from Pleasant View, P.E.I., has been deaf since birth. She was living in Ottawa when Milo went missing, but recently moved to New Brunswick to live with her uncle.

Perry had enlisted the help of the Ottawa Valley Lost Pet Network from the start. Although she had all but given up hope Milo would be found, just before Christmas, one of the volunteers seemed to have spotted Milo on the SPCA website.

It turned out to be Perry’s dog, but Milo had already been adopted by another family. Fortunately, the family agreed to give him up.

Then came the issue of getting Milo from Ottawa to Fredericton.

Network members donated gas money, and Becky Baxter, who saw the discussion on Facebook, made the drive.

“I volunteered that we would happily drive across the country to reunite him,” said Baxter.

“It was a couple of days. It went pretty fast.”

Baxter arrived in New Brunswick about 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, with Milo jumping up and licking her face when they were reunited that afternoon.

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