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Joda Viveiros reunited with her long lost miniature schnauzer after it ran away a year ago

St. Louis County (KSDK) - A local woman battling cancer says a miracle was answered this weekend. While it wasn't a cure, she believes one very special wish came true.

Last march a north county woman said she lost a very important part of her life, just months before she learned she had cancer. She's fought a tough battle since then, all the while holding out hope for a missing part of the family.

5 year old miniature schnauzer named Katara is severely underweight after being on her own more than a year.

"I walked in sleet, I walked everywhere through paths and put signs up everywhere," said cancer survivor Joda Viveiros.

Joda Viveiros last saw Katara when her husband went walking with their dogs and briefly let them off their leashes. Katara took off after a squirrel and vanished while more devastating news came just 4 months later in July.

"I have uterine cancer and there are spots on my colon as well that we are treating," said Viveiros.

Out of nowhere came a miracle beginning when an animal shelter worker saw an abandoned dog.
Shelter workers read the dog's microchip when they learned it was a dog named Katara who belonged to Joda Viveiros.

One day after being found, Katara was back where she belonged and back with her owner who says it was God's will to help her survive and beat cancer.

"I would like to think he brought her home to help me fight it, and it was God's gift to me," said Viveiros.


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