Beloved weather dog returns to newscast that made him famous

Weather dog returns to station to say hello to staff, viewers

Published On: Nov 23 2011 04:42:27 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 23 2011 11:19:57 PM CST
HOUSTON -

In 2004, a small mixed-breed mutt arrived at Local 2 to become a fixture of the KPRC weather team. Viewers named him Radar

For three years, Radar entertained viewers of all ages through public appearances, events and nightly dog walking forecasts.

The shy little puppy that came onto the TV scene quickly became a huggable, lovable fur-ball that loved the spotlight and taking pictures.

During his tenure at Local 2, Radar's news segments were not just about the weather. Often his airtime would draw attention to pet issues, like checkups and adoption events. Having a dog in the building often led to stories about other animals making a difference in the community.

During Radar's first Christmas in Houston, Local 2 offered a limited-edition stuffed dog in the image of the quickly becoming famous weather dog.

In 2007, Radar left his on-air life behind to live the good life. He was adopted by a long-time KPRC staffer who had offered a home away from home on nights and weekends when Radar was not working or making appearances. He made an appearance at a local dog show in February, but for the most part, he lives a dog's life of playing in the yard, enjoying a treat or two and trips to the dog park.

Radar returned to KPRC Local 2 for a quick run through the newsroom and a few pictures with old friends. During the 10 p.m. newscast Wednesday, he reunited with his former news teammates to say hi and let his fans at home get a chance to see him.

Now he is back at home doing what he does best -- being a plain old dog.