Losing a beloved pet is one of the worst experiences that a family can endure and unfortunately for the family in this story, they were forced to go through the trauma of potentially losing their best friend for good.
When this family went on vacation in the Ontario rapids, they brought their dog along for the fun, but they never could have possibly imagined what would happen next. Kali the dog was washed away by the current unexpectedly during the vacation and while David Kareken and his brood spent hours searching for their lost pet, they came up empty.
After an exhaustive search that turned up zero traces of Kali, the family had begun to confront the possibility that their pet was gone forever. The Karekens spent days searching for Kali and when their efforts did not lead to a reunion, they decided to bring the vacation to a halt and head home.
Ending a vacation on such a sour note is not an enviable experience, either, and while they assumed that poor Kali was lost to the rapids, fate had something else in store for them. They returned to their home in North Carolina and tried to pick up the pieces as best they could, but there is no way to truly prepare yourself for a loss of this magnitude.
Two weeks later, the family got a highly unexpected phone call, a call that would change their lives forever. They were coming to terms with the loss of Kali when they received word from the Ontario park where they had been vacationing. The park workers let the family know that Kali had miraculously come back into the fold and was found approaching other campers in the area.
David wasted no time reuniting with Kali, as he immediately jumped into his car and embarked on the 20 hour drive back to the Ontario park. The subsequent reunion that took place was heartwarming and shows just how strong the bond can become between a pet and a parent who is truly devoted to their care.
This is one of the most incredible reunions that we have ever had the good fortune to lay eyes on and thanks to this amazing video, you can watch it for yourself. Be sure to spread the love far and wide by sharing the clip with all of the dog lovers in your life, but you should also be sure to warn them that they may need a tissue (or three!)