updated 10/15/2013 AT 7:45 AM ET
•originally published 10/14/2013 AT 3:35 PM ET
“It was truly heartbreaking,” Emily Wallis told St. Louis news station KTVI.
But three months later, everything changed with a phone call.
It was their veterinarian, who said, “ ‘Emily, can you sit down? I think we may have found Honey.’”
Miraculously, the golden retriever turned up more than 600 miles away in LaGrange, Ga. She was in good health, and thanks to a microchip implanted in her neck 10 years ago, her family was located. (In the nick of time, too: a prospective adopter had been found for Honey at that Georgia shelter.)
Honey’s ecstatic family drove nine hours to retrieve her, and filmed their sweet reunion. “We’ve watched it over and over and over and I cry every time I watch it,” Wallis said. “If she was not microchipped we would never have seen her again.”