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Missing Dog Reunited With Owner After 3 Years

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Hurrah! A man and his dog were reunited after three years, thanks to a microchip and some very helpful strangers.

Smoke, a gray pit bull, disappeared three years ago when owner Eric Hough was living in Echo Park. Hough reported him stolen but never heard a thing, until this week, when he learned that Smoke had been found in a shelter in Florida, CBS reports.

The dog had actually turned up at the shelter a month ago, but although Hough's name came up when the microchip was scanned, staff at the shelter didn't have Hough's new address or telephone number in Huntington Beach.

Ryan Gamache of the non-profit group Missing Pet Partnership tracked down Hough and reunited him with his beloved dog, driving Smoke on the final leg of a four-day cross-country road trip. The volunteers of another rescue group, Kindred Hearts Transport Connection shuttled the dog the rest of the way.

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The pair were reunited with a lot of kisses and Smoke was treated to his favorite meal: Teriyaki chicken.

"Always use microchips with your pets, and never give up hope, we did it, we bought Smoke home," the relieved owner told CBS.