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If dogs could talk, the Maltese named Reese would have a heck of a tale to tell.

"He's a sweet natured dog," said Dinah Miller, Reese's owner. "Someone let him out of the house. Never saw him again. Reese was gone."

You see Reese went missing in Tyler, seven years ago. For months, the Miller family searched just hoping to find their missing dog.

"We drove, we searched," said Miller. "We walked, we looked over fences, we peeped everywhere we could without getting shot."

This weekend, more than seven years later, the unthinkable happened. Someone found Reese on the side of a busy road, in Tacoma, Washington, more than 1,800 miles from home.

"We don't know how he got there or his story of his travels there," said Tisha Reed, Miller's daughter.

Thanks to a microchip, vets in Tacoma found Reese's owners here in Texas.

"We cannot believe it, we just can't believe it," said Miller.

Reese is in great shape. And thanks to a team of United Airlines flight attendants and rescue groups, right now Reese is on his way home aboard a United flight to Houston.

"I can't wait, you just can't describe what I'm feeling," said Miller. "You got to feel it in your heart and soul."

An entire family is anxious for an unlikely reunion -- seven years in the making.

"Just to hold him again and love him for the rest of his life," said Reed. "I know it means a lot to my mom. Hopefully they'll just pick up where they left off."

By KHOU

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