A mother and her son have had an emotional reunion with their puppy after he went missing days ago.
Sharnee Pocock, who lives in the Australian town of Lara, came home on Oct. 14 to find her family’s three-month-old American Staffy, Jacky Boy, had gone.
The dog was a fifth birthday present for her son, Noah, who was devastated when he went missing.
“He’s hurting, he gets into bed every night and says, ‘I wonder where Jacky Boy is, I wonder if he’s cold’,” Pocock told Geelong Broadcasters.
“He’s a really smart little boy and even though he’s five years old, he does notice.”
Pocock’s house is fitted with security cameras, but a review of the CCTV footage gave no clues as to what had happened to Jacky Boy.
Geelong Broadcasters reported Pocock offered a $4,000, no-questions-asked reward for the return of the dog, even though she couldn’t really afford it.
She was concerned Jacky Boy might have been stolen by a dog-fighting ring, but it turned out not to be quite so sinister.
“It has seemed he was stolen from our backyard and then just dumped,” Pocock told Yahoo Entertainment.
“A lovely man found him on Elcho Road, and took him home for the night. It turns out that he works at a quarry where my dad delivers fuel to in Moriac, so we went and got him from there.”
Video posted to the mother’s Facebook page shows the heartwarming moment on Thursday night when Noah opened the front door to see Jacky Boy come bounding in, tail wagging furiously.
Noah then gleefully chases him around the room, clearly excited to have his “best friend” back. “We’re just so grateful to have our boy home,” Pocock said.
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