‘Dead’ family dog found alive in N.C. begins journey to West Coast

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — It was nearly a month ago when we first introduced you to Zeus — the stray dog found in Durham — whose owners thought had died three years ago.

On Sunday, we finally got him on the road to reunite him with his family on the West Coast.

Three years ago — Zeus’ story started rough. But last month — his luck changed — thanks to the Williams family.

The last family that watched Zeus in North Carolina told his actual owners – a military family that is now stationed in Washington State — that he died.

“We’re glad that we were able to help, said Terry Williams.

“Yeah, he’s a great dog,” said Pat Williams.

Laura  Williams and her parents have been fostering Zeus since she found him wandering her Durham neighborhood as a stray.

Thanks to his microchip, Laura called Zeus’ actual family — the Harworths — letting them know he was alive.

She also contacted local media sources to help get him home — but first we wanted to make sure he was healthy enough to travel. Enter Banfield Pet Hospital.

We discovered Zeus had heartworms — so he couldn’t fly.

But not only did Banfield pledge to completely pay for his treatment — one of its own volunteered to drive Zeus cross-country.

“Yeah, it’s kind of like a movie plot,” said Rachel Overby. “I’m just excited to be getting him home, I know if it was my baby, I’d want somebody to bring him back to me.”

Care packages are also in tow from a community that came together to help Zeus.

Zeus’ first stop tonight is Nashville. He’ll stop at Banfield offices throughout his week-long journey for free check-ups to make sure he’s okay.

The journey for a dog — back from the dead — is just beginning.

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