Great Dane back home after nine-month ordeal - KCTV5

Great Dane back home after nine-month ordeal

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LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -

His name is Titan, and he's been missing for nine months.

Today, after a 150-plus mile remarkable ordeal, Titan, a Great Dane, is back home with his family in Leavenworth County, Kansas.

That family, Patricia and Jeff De Jaynes, and their 3-year-old daughter, Kiera, picked Titan up from the home of Judy Dannenfelser near Marion County Lake north of Wichita. In other words, a heck of a long way from home.

"They got a hold of us and told us he was 150 miles away and we immediately left to go get him," said Jeff De Jaynes. "We'd drive around for hours looking for him, but never found him. It was kind of just a shock more than anything that we did get him back."

Titan's adventure started nine months ago when he ran off while playing outside the De Jaynes' home outside Easton, KS.

No one knows how he managed to survive all that time, or how he got as far as he did. Everyone is just happy Titan is home, safe and sound.

"It was rough not having him, but Kiera kept telling us he was coming back," said De Jaynes.

"We put out wanted posters, and called vet clinics and just tried to find him."

Nine long months passed, but finally, just Monday, Titan was found.

"My friend actually spotted the dog along the road Sunday night. On Monday morning, he was outside her home, about five miles out in the country," said Judy Dennenfelser. "She started calling around to see if anyone had lost a Great Dane, and when I drove out, he jumped right in my vehicle."

"I took him to the vet, and he checked out okay, except for the fact that he'd lost about 60 pounds. They found a computer chip, so I figured we had a good chance of tracking down his owners," Dennenfelser continued.

Dennefelser said she took Titan home where he prompted drank about a quart of water, before climbing up on the couch and sleeping the rest of the day. That night, he woke up, ate some dinner, and crawled into Dennenfelser's bed. She said she, her two Schnauzers and Titan shared the bed Monday night.

On Tuesday morning, Titan got up, had breakfast and headed back to the couch. That's when Dennenfelser got the call that Titan's family had been located and they were on their way to pick him up, which they did about 2:15 Tuesday afternoon.

Dennenfelser says the De Jaynes got down on the floor and started hugging Titan.

She said she was watching Titan closely and he was wagging his tail, which she hadn't seen.

"They had a bed ready for him in the car. They weren't over the moon, sobbing their eyes out, like I would have been, but it was clear they missed him and he missed them," Dennenfelser told KCTV5.

"I was real excited about reuniting Titan with his family because I lost a rescue dog once, so I know how thrilled I would have been to get my dog back. But, I really, really could have kept that dog forever. He is a wonderful, incredible dog, and absolutely thrilled to put his head and body down on something soft," Dennenfelser said.

In addition to losing all that weight, Titan also suffered a few nicks and scratches, but De Jaynes said considering how long he was gone and how far he traveled, he's in amazing shape.

De Jaynes said he's so grateful to Dennenfelser for sheltering, feeding, and giving Titan water, and especially, for taking him to the vet.

Most of all, they're grateful that Titan, their 3' tall "body guard" is back home.

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