A 5-year-old dog named Bear who escaped from a Louisiana yard in 2007 turned up in Florida — and was reunited with his owner.

Bear, a Lhasa apso from Metairie, La., ran away from his owner's parents' yard in December 2007 without a collar or tag. Last Wednesday, Bay County, Fla. animal control officers picked up a stray pup and identified him thanks to a microchip implanted in his back.

Bear's owner, 27-year-old Amanda Wells, made the 336-mile trip to pick up her dog.

Wells says she was shocked that her dog turned up after all these months and adds, "I thought it was a joke."