SAN ANTONIO -- A blind dog that was lost and believed to be dead was reunited with his San Antonio family for Christmas, thanks to Craigslist, a school teacher and an animal care agency.
Nearly a month after Stevie Oedipus Wonder disappeared -- and was reported dead -- the cairn terrier mix puppy was home for the holiday, the San Antonio Express-News reported Saturday.
"This is my Christmas miracle," Stevie's owner Belinda Gutierrez said. "I actually thought I was going to have a sad end of the year and a sad Christmas."
Days after Thanksgiving, Stevie, who was born without eyes, escaped -- disappearing from the family's home.
On Dec. 11, Stevie showed up at Animal Care Services. Despite tags on the dog, the agency failed to find his owners and prepared to euthanize him.
That's when Brooke Orr, a high school teacher, saw the agency's ad seeking a home for the blind dog. She agreed to care for Stevie over the holidays.
Meanwhile, Gutierrez's distraught daughter posted a notice on Craigslist.
Orr noticed the tag dangling on the dog's neck.
"I thought that he must belong to someone. So I went to Craigslist and went to lost and found and I put in 'blind dog,' and there he was," she said.