Two months ago, Trooper went missing.
His owner, John Longton, let the 4-year-old German shepherd run free on his 156-acre Genovesi Lane farm that sits off the main road in Slingerlands. He thought a hunter shot the dog because although he likes to run, Longton lives in the perfect spot for it, and Troooper always came back home
That day he didn't.
Longton called the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society in Menands, which is where most municipalities across Albany County used to take strays. His daughter, Samantha, hung flyers up around town asking for help in the family's mission to find Trooper.
As the days turned into weeks, and the weeks into months, the family gave up hope of finding Trooper alive.
I never thought I would see him again, Samantha said at a recent Peppertree Rescue dog adoption clinic at PetSmart in Glenmont.
Trooper had wandered into Bethlehem and was picked up by the town animal control officer. The full grown shepherd, who weighed about 80 pounds, had a decent enough temperament, even if he was a bit skittish about being in a strange place surrounded by strange people, so he was taken to Reigning Cats and Dogs, where the town now takes some of the better-behaved strays, according to Peppertree President Betsy Sommers.
Trooper stayed there for the shelter-allotted 10 days given so people have a chance to reclaim strays, and then he went into the care of Peppertree Rescue. Peppertree is an Albany-based dog rescue and adoption agency.
Peppertree, as it often does at venues throughout the Capital District, sponsored an adoption clinic Saturday, Jan. 19, at PetSmart, and Trooper was one the many dogs they were showcasing for adoption.
And Longton's sister-in-law was one of the many people checking out the dogs " including Trooper.