Usually, it seems, the standard procedure for reuniting a lost pet with its owner is to put up posters on every streetlamp you can find, begging people to let you know if they’ve seen your wayward canine/feline family member.
It’s nice, then, that the owner of a large Alaskan malamute in Suzhou, China had an animal that was smart and proactive enough to basically do all the legwork for him, by essentially turning itself in to the police.
The forlorn pooch, apparently having become separated from its owner somehow, spent a few days hanging around in front of the police station, pacing back and forth until one curious officer eventually let the animal in.
Concerned, curious and having taken a liking to the dog, officers at the station started putting up notices on Chinese social media alerting the public that they were looking for its owner.
A few days and, we presume, a whole lot of Kibbles ‘n’ Bits later, a man reached out to the station claiming to be the owner of the dog. Understandably reluctant to give up their new canine friend, the officers had the guy come to the station to prove it – at which time the dog, apparently overwhelmed with joy, pounced on the owner, putting an end to any doubt the officers had previous had.
The whole Homeward Bound-esque story is enough to move our inner children to tears, and we hope the owner and his hound are never separated again.