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Dixie, the stolen Yorkie, recovered in Memphis thanks to social media

01/15/2015 11:16 EST | Updated 03/17/2015 05:59 EDT
A Camrose, Alta., couple is looking forward to an emotional reunion with a beloved terrier Friday morning after the stolen dog was recovered Thursday in Memphis.

"My wife went crazy, of course — she still is — screaming and hollering when we found her," Terry Traviss said of his wife Lorie.

Dixie, a four-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, was stolen from the couple's truck last week while they ate in a restaurant.

The couple, longtime Elvis fans, were heading to Graceland to celebrate the 80th anniversary of The King's birth, a holiday that turned into heartbreak when Dixie was dognapped. 

"We were starting to wonder if we were ever going to see her again," Traviss said. "But we never gave up hope."

The couple turned to Facebook to search and were soon joined by countless others across North America, after the local media picked up the story.The couple rarely left their computer.

Eventually the dog was sold to a woman in a convenience store, Traviss said.

Though the dog's facial hair and ponytail had been cut, Dixie was recognizable and was still wearing the pink jacket she went missing in.  

When police sent the Travisses photos of the dog, they knew instantly it was Dixie, Traviss said.

The couple, who winter in Texas, intend to be at the front doors of the animal shelter when it opens Friday morning for an emotional reunion.

"This dog is like a little kid to us, like our baby," Traviss said.

He said the dognappers were caught on camera not only stealing the dog, but also trying to sell it.

Police arrested three people, he said.

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