A miniature pinscher who went missing was finally rescued after showing up more than 750 miles from her home.
It had been eight months since Sharalyn Cooper, from Salt Lake City, Utah, last saw two-year-old Fadidle - in which time the tiny dog had managed to travel across two states to San Diego, California.
The loving owner was finally reunited with her pet at Salt Lake International Airport this weekend, after Fadidle was handed in to San Diego Humane Society as a stray.
Reunited: Sharalyn Cooper hugs her dog Fadidle at the airport in Salt Lake City
Safe at last: Fadidle travelled more than 750 miles from Utah to California before being located via the dog's microchip
The animal shelter placed the dog on a stray hold but, thanks to a microchip implanted under her skin, they were able to link her back to her owners in Utah, the Dereset News reported.
'It's wonderful,' said a delighted Mrs Cooper clutching the tiny, quivering dog to her bosom, her eyes streaming with tears of joy. She noted that Fadidle looked a bit skinnier than when she had left.
'She's just a little tiny thing. We're just happy they found her. It was definitely a long wait,' she added.
Tiny Fadidle disappeared from Mrs Cooper's home in the Salt Lake City suburb of Roy last October. The dog, then just one, had often gone on solo walkies before, but had usually turned up hours later.
The family spent months scoouring the neighbourhood, posting fliers and diligently checking local animal shelters, but to no avail.
Mrs Cooper said: 'We had a hard time. She's our baby. It was pretty tough.'
San Diego Humane Society worker Athena Davis, who brought Fadidle to the reunion, told how the dog was taken to them by a 'Good Samaritan'.
It was only when they discovered her microchip that they learned just how far she had managed to travel.
An Incredible Journey: Fadidle was only returned to her family thanks to an ID microchip implanted under her skin
Fadidle's cross-country adventure mirrors that of Sixties Disney film The Incredible Journey, in which two loyal dogs and a cat travel hundreds of miles across the Canadian wilderness to be reunited with their beloved owners.
Ms Davis said it was Fadidle's microchip that made all the difference. She recommended all pet-owners equip their animals with one, saying in this case it had led to a 'happy ending'.
At Salt Lake International, the Cooper family were overcome with joy at their reunion with Fadidle but wondered what could have happened in the eight long months they had been parted from her.
It is their belief that she was stolen.
Other family members joked that Fadidle had even managed to travel further afield than they ever had, with Mrs Cooper's son Darien quipping: 'She's lucky. She got on a plane before even I did!'
Happy ending: Salt Lake International Airport, where Fadidle and her family were finally reunited