A couple from Stuart, Virginia, had feared the worst when they noticed their German shepherd, Deacon, had gone missing.
The canine had not been seen since December, and Pamela Holt said she had figured her dog must have died, according to Fox News. However, Deacon had wandered way past the neighborhood, ending up more than 600 miles away in DeLand, Florida.
It’s not known exactly how Deacon ended up in the Sunshine State. Animal control officers picked the dog up and saw that he had a microchip. After scanning the device, an officer called the Holt’s to tell them he had found their dog.
Holt believed that it was just someone playing a cruel joke on her.
"I said ‘What a mean trick,’" Holt told the Daytona Beach News-Journal."My husband and I had grieved and had moved on. We had decided we were not going to get any more dogs."
But once the officer convinced Holt that Deacon was alive and in good dog health, she and her husband drove to Florida to be reunited with their beloved pup.