Brother and sister Tony and Sara Torres found a dog covered in chewing gum in an alley near their backyard. The Phoenix siblings decided to keep the dog and appropriately named him ‘Chewy’ both because of the gum but also because the dog liked to chew on things. They invested money in getting the pooch a microchip.

About six months after Chewy came into the Torres family’s lives, he suddenly disappeared. The family believes someone took the dog from their yard. After months turned into years and despite all the searches for the missing dog, Chewy was never found.

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“It’s hard because after four years not seeing him, we just sort of expected that he wasn’t going to come back again,” Tony told local media.

One day a good Samaritan turned into a dog to the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. The dog was on the verge of death, but he had a microchip. It was Chewy.

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The little pooch had a broken jaw, had an infection, was beat up, and had to have a leg removed. That’s when the folks at Two Pups Wellness Fund came to the rescue and paid for all of Chewy’s expenses.

“My mom rushes in my room and says, ‘they found Chewy!’ And I’m like Chewy, what the heck?” said Sara.

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In the four years since Chewy first went missing, the Torres family adopted six other animals, so he will have plenty of love at home. The story is a good reminder of the importance of microchipping. Congratulations on the reunion, and we wish you a long, happy life, Chewy! Witness the beautiful reunion in the video below.