Roger LeClair didn’t fight in World War II to lose his dog to some stranger.
The 93-year-old World War II veteran was recently separated from his beloved teacup chihuahua, 12-year-old Lola. LeClair claimed that a woman came to his home last week and said she was taking the 1 1/2-pound dog to a veterinarian, but absconded with her instead.
Lola is 12 years old, and befitting her breed, is very small. She’s been with LeClair since she was just a month old, and was recently put on two new medications, which was a considerable source of stress to LeClair during the ordeal. (The pair are a popular sight around their community.)
Thankfully, this story has a happy ending.
A Chino woman found Lola at a park in Downey and happened to connect the dog to a post a local radio station made about the kidnapping.
The key to identifying Lola, LeClair says, is her tongue, which always hangs slightly out of the left side of her mouth.
After Lola’s joyful homecoming, the pair returned to their favorite restaurant, Chris & Pitts BBQ, Saturday, where they were thrown a reunion dinner — gratis — by the staff.
“It’s hard to find words to talk about it,” he told Buzzfeed, and added, “This is the biggest highlight of my little life.”