When their mixed-breed dog Kanga escaped from a kennel in November 2012, about ten miles from their home, the Koprowski family spent months searching for her.
The northwest-side family searched neighborhoods, checked in with local kennels and scoured lost-dog postings on Craigslist. All to no avail.
"She had to go through the winter of 2012, she had to go through the summer, which was really hot, monsoons, rattlesnakes, so we weren’t very hopeful," Nancy Koprowski said about Kanga.
They hoped for the best, that a kind family had taken her in, but knew that after being lost in the desert for so long the odds were against her.
But it wouldn’t be the first time Kanga beat the odds.
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