On May 3, a police dog named Thames went missing for seven days in the Tararua Ranges, a series of tall mountains on New Zealand's North Island.
Despite a week of searching to no avail, Thames' handler Mike Wakefield and experienced volunteer searcher John McCann did not give up. On May 10, they found the lost pooch!
It was a fresh paw print in the mud that gave the search party the tip-off, the New Zealand Herald reported.
"I whistled and called but he ran off as if to say come this way before running back and giving me a big lick," Westfield told the Herald. "He wolfed down half of my salami which is a treat for him. I gave him a cuddle and we had a big play. I was just lost for words."
Thames reportedly looked a bit thinner than he had before having to forage for food for a week, but the 4-year-old German shepherd had enough energy to give his handler an enthusiastic greeting and trudge the four hours out of the range.
McCann captured the joyous reunion on a video, which quickly went viral.
People from around the world have been tweeting their happiness at Thames' safe return, giving New Zealand Mother's Day and a visiting Prince Harry a run for their money.
Someone even made an illustration!
Thames went for a check up at the vet, and was given a week off of work before he returns to police the streets alongside Wakefield, the New Zealand Police said in a statement.
Welcome home, Thames! 🎉 🎉🐕 🎉 🎉