This Man Was Afraid His Dog Wouldn’t Remember Him After 2 Years Apart, But Dog Can’t Get Enough Hugs

When Wisconsin native Jose of got word that the Winnebago County Animal Services of Illinois had found his long-lost dog, he was elated.“I was speechless and I couldn’t stop smiling. I just couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t get to the shelter fast enough,” he said in a story by ABC.Jose’s dog was stolen from him 2 years ago, by a friend of a friend who was dog-sitting for him.

The pup held a special place in Jose’s heart. His life had hit an all-time low when he adopted a puppy and named him Chaos. Although Jose had gone through a divorce and was homeless and living out of his car, this happy puppy brightened up his darkest days.“Chaos helped me through so much in my life, I took him everywhere with me!” he told the shelter, according to ABC.The reason Jose needed someone to watch the puppy was because he was trying to find a decent place for the two of them to live.

But when he went to pick the pup back up, the “friend of a friend” refused to give him back. He didn’t see Chaos again for the next two years.

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Then, at the end of April, Jose got the life-changing call that his dog had been found–thanks to his microchip. Despite his excitement, Jose was apprehensive that Chaos might not remember his rightful owner after all this time

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If there was ever any doubt, this video posted by the Winnebago County Animal Services speaks for itself:

Jose’s story is proof of how a microchip can mean the difference between losing a pet forever, or reuniting once more. In the ABC story, Jose advises, “pay the microchip fee!” We couldn’t agree more!

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(h/t: ABC News)