For many of us, our dogs are our lifeline. This is especially true for folks who rely on their dogs for a specific service, task, or emotional support. Air Force veteran Larry Peteet was in a car accident in October of 2018 while with his dog, Sandy Girl. The veteran suffers from PTSD and Sandy Girl has helped him get through his toughest days.

When Larry fainted from a heart condition while behind the wheel and crashed his car, first responders insisted he go to the hospital where he would likely remain for several days. They asked him where he would like Sandy Girl to go. Larry explained to a police officer, who made his way over to check on him, that Sandy would be best with his neighbor.

The police officer explained that Sandy would go with his neighbor and everything would be fine. However, this is when Larry’s nightmare truly began.

When Larry was discharged from the hospital three days after the crash, he went directly to his neighbor’s house to pick Sandy up. This is when he got the shock of his life. Sandy wasn’t there and the neighbor had no idea where Sandy was. Larry didn’t understand. He had given the police the neighbor’s name and address… maybe they left her with a different neighbor by mistake? Was there some confusion?

Larry was devasted. “She’s my baby girl, the love of my life. I love her more than anything. So, it’s horrible.” Larry told WFLA News Channel 8.

Having no idea where Sandy Girl was, Larry hung up fliers and searched everywhere he could. He also filed a police report. After several days of dead ends, Larry hired Jamie Katz, a pet detective.

The pet detective did a thorough investigation and after several days she was contacted by an individual who said he was given Sandy after he was told that she was abandoned.

Finally, Katz called Larry with the good news. A reunion was scheduled– and as you can see from the video below, Larry and Sandy had been impatiently waiting for one another for quite some time.

“Unbelievable. I’ve been crying all morning. Just unbelievable,” Larry said in an update published by WFLA. “When I saw her, I called her name and she came running. It’s phenomenal. She’s home.”

To say we have all the feels would be an understatement. We are elated that Larry and Sandy are back together again!