GOLDEN, Colo. (WKRN) – A man who lost his beloved dog nine years ago while moving from Tennessee to Alabama was reunited with him this weekend.
ABC News reports Lloyd Goldston and his family somehow lost their year-old Boxer in the moving process.
Last week, the Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden, Colorado, send Goldston an email saying they may have his dog after checking the microchip.
Goldston, who kept photos over the years, was reunited with the Boxer named Boozer on Saturday after driving for over 18 hours with his son and daughter from Alabama to Colorado.
During the emotional reunion, he told the shelter’s staff that Boozer “was never gone from our hearts.”
Boozer was taken in by the Foothills Animal Shelter on Aug. 2 after the family that adopted him from a rescue group in Tennessee moved to Denver and could no longer care for him.
Jennifer Strickland, a rep for the Foothills Animal Shelter, said dog surrenders like this are not uncommon, but they routinely check for microchips as a precaution just in case the dog went missing in the past.
“To say it was emotional would be an understatement,” Strickland told ABC News. “Boozer is naturally friendly dog, but about 15 seconds went by and you could tell it really hit Boozer. He got even more excited. There was a real connection. It was wonderful to see.”