MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Jeremy King came from Tennessee last week to visit his girlfriend in Manhattan but his trip took an unexpected turn when his dog Skipper snuck out an open door and ventured into the unknown.
"I just was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to find him." King said.
Jeremy and his girlfriend. Morgan Pearn, took to the streets in desperate search of the 1.5 year old Dachshund/Beagle mix, posting fliers everywhere, talking to residents and reaching out to the local shelter for help.
After three days, they started to fear the worst for the little dog but then came the call from Animal Control Saturday that a dog matching Skip’s description had been found.
"I frantically jumped up, ran up, grabbed my stuff, got in the car and I was shaking on the way to the shelter. I was just praying and hoping that it was Skip and it was," King told WIBW.
After the scary ordeal, the two pals were together again- the emotional moment captured on camera by Pearn who recorded the reunion on her cell phone.
"I could just feel his energy. He was just so excited and I felt like I needed to capture that... At the end, Jeremy asked me if I took any pictures and I told him I took something better," she said.
"We walked in and saw Skip and you can see from the video that he just started crying. We had just spent a lot of time praying just asked the Lord to help us find him and it was just extremely fulfilling.
I watched the video 10 times that day. I was so happy about getting him back and I just wanted to relive it," King added.
Skip was shaken up and tired and lost a few pounds on his trek and picked up a few ticks along the way but he didn’t shy away from hugs and kisses when he was back in King's arms.
Believe it or not, Skipper's tiny little legs carried him across the city covering miles and miles and he ended up being caught out in Riley County.
"They had to catch him with a net. He was very stressed and very anxious. He’s doing better now. He’s eating and drinking and getting back to normal. It’s just a happy moment now," King said.
After the stressful saga, King and Skipper made their way back to Tennessee, neither one of them letting the other out of their sight.