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Back in 2008, Karen Fox suffered the theft of her Yorkshire terrier dog in her yard in Nashville. The thief fled in a vehicle while Fox and her family pursued him without success. The family looked around the whole neighborhood for days but they didn’t have any luck.

Karen loved her 3-year-old dog just like a member of her family. She lived with her son and her husband Timothy, who was particularly devastated by the disappearance of Connor, their pet, with whom he spent a good time sitting on his armchair or lying on his chest.

Years passed and the Fox family gradually lost hope of finding Connor. Then, suddenly, 13 years after the event, Karen received a surprising phone message from a company (from the microchip she had put on him 15 years earlier) reporting that they had found him. The canine was at Metro Nashville Animal Control because a woman took him after keeping him with her for a week while putting up online posters around her neighborhood.

“It was pure, utter amazement!” Fox told Tennessean. “I’m still amazed!”

The condition of the 16-year-old animal demonstrated the poor conditions he had lived in, probably because he had been walking the streets for a while. He had a sore leg, also an infection in damaged eyes and teeth. But this didn’t stop the reunion from being affectionately between Fox and Connor:

 “Connor approached Fox, sat on her lap, licking her face, and is now back in his old house,” People.com reported.

Karen, 61, assured that the family is delighted to have him again. Sadly, it’s not all good news. Her husband Timothy passed away in 2017 and didn’t have the chance to get back together with his pet: “The most emotional thing for me is how much my husband would ‘ve loved him to come back home,” Fox said.