A dog-loving Virginia family got an unexpectedly happy if somewhat perplexing ending to their missing-hound mystery last month, thanks to a microchip.

Two weeks before Christmas, Deacon, an 85-pound German shepherd, went missing from the home he shared with the Holt family in rural Stuart, Va.

For the first couple of days, Pamela; her husband, Keith; and their daughter, Brooklyn, 3, weren’t really worried because they figured their nearly 2-year-old pet was exploring in the fields behind their home.

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