BRENTWOOD, Penn. (CNN) – A wayward pet beagle has been reunited with her rightful owner after being separated for nearly a year-and-a-half and hundreds of miles.
As time went on, the possibilities started to dwindle. And Sassy's owner Cindy Romans reached a point where she gave up hope.
But 17 months later and 400 miles way, the unthinkable happened: Cindy and Ernie Romans reunited with their beagle, Sassy.
It was October, 2012 in Kentucky. Sassy was separated from the Romans. One thing they didn't know? The dog ended up in a kill shelter.
She was saved by Forever Home Beagle Rescue, based out of Pittsburgh, and later placed with a foster family: April Smith and Hope Wilson from Brentwood.
When April took Sassy to the vet last week, they checked for a Microchip, which revealed who Sassy's true owner was.
They can only presume the shelter Sassy originally went to never checked for the microchip in the first place.
If they had, the moment may not have taken so long, and probably would have never ended in Missouri.
"You know, you hope and you pray that you never have to use this, but even though she was microchipped, or any pet is, it does no good if there's not a scanner here," Romans said.
And because of that tiny microchip – about the size of a grain of rice – the Romans get their storybook ending.
"I would love for every pet owner who has ever lost a pet to be able to feel this moment right now," Romans said. "I'm just over the moon excited."