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There are few things quite as upsetting as a beloved family pet running away from home.
Hours of walking the streets optimistically waving some bacon around, calling for them, hoping they've just gone out to meet some pals and they'll be back in the morning.
Imagine, then, that your dog's been missing for five whole years and you suddenly get to be reunited with each other.
That's what's just happened to this family in Somerset, whose dog Scampi has just been found 130 miles away from his home.
Little Scampi, a brown and white cocker spaniel, went missing from his home in Radstock at 2am on 31 August 2013, after a suspicious van was seen lurking around the neighbourhood.
He was seven years old at the time and wasn't microchipped, so his owner Nicola Phillips set up a Facebook page and launched a campaign to bring her pooch home.
The 'Help Bring Scampi Home' page had 4,000 followers on Facebook, and Nicola posted regular updates.
Then, just this week, someone sent a video of a dog who looked exactly like Scampi wandering the streets of London - 130 miles from his home.
The hound had the same markings as Scampi, and the person who spotted him reported that the dog responded when called to by name.
He looks a little scruffier, a little older, but that's definitely the same adorable little face.
He was returned back to his home on Wednesday, and Nicola shared the amazing news on the Facebook page, which has been renamed to 'Scampi is now home'.
She has posted videos of him exploring his old garden with his tail wagging, passed out in his bed in front of the radiator, and receiving lots of fuss from his family.
He looks right at home.
Nicola wrote on Facebook: "So sorry for lack of information today but as you can imagine it's been a long emotional rollercoaster of a day.
"Scampi is home after five years and we will be eternally grateful to everyone involved, Nicole and Georgia for travelling 260 miles to get him back, Islington dog warden for all their help, Coco Bing for finding him and Nora Holman for sharing the video with us.
"Words cannot describe how we feel towards you all. Thank you just doesn't seem enough."
He's turned into a little celebrity with these adventures - he's on Jeremy Vine and Sky News today.
Anyone else's face a bit wet?
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