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It was an expected but heartwarming reunion.
A dog named Payday was returned to its family earlier this month about two years after he went missing. NBC News reports the owner, identified only as Dwight, had spotted the dog in local news segment about adoptable pets, and immediately called the news station to say he recognized one of the featured canines.
“[Dwight] had woken up early last Wednesday to the sounds of FOX6’s morning broadcast, just as our volunteer started describing a little brown dog with the most adorable underbite,” the Wisconsin Humane Society wrote on Facebook. “Dwight normally turns off his TV every night, but must have left it on by accident – or perhaps thanks to fate ✨ It only took one glance at the picture for Dwight to immediately recognize Payday.”
According to WHS, Dwight’s mother reunited with the long-lost pet that same afternoon at the WHS Milwaukee Campus. Staffers captured the touching moment in a video that was later shared on Instagram and Facebook.
“Payday was originally brought home as a companion for Dwight’s now 12-year-old daughter, who was still distraught over the incredible loss of her best friend,” WHS wrote. “Dwight’s mom, Melissa, came to pick up the beloved pup and – as you can see – it was the most incredible reunion! We are beyond ecstatic for this amazing family to finally be whole again.”
WHS did not provide details surrounding the dog’s disappearance in 2019.
You can check out the reunion in the video above.