TUCSON, Ariz. - Janet Escarcega says her then 9-month-old German Shepard named Max went missing in September of 2016.
The family searched and searched, but after a few weeks they worried they'd never see Max again
"I can't explain. I can't explain. It was like a piece of me had gone missing," said Max's owner Janet Escarcega.
Then, just a few weeks ago, Escarcega got an early morning phone call saying that thanks to a microchip Max had been found in Livonia, New York.
A small town of less than 1,500 people more than 2,300 miles away.
"It was like six thirty in the morning Arizona time so I was kinda like still asleep. So as soon as she told me I was like what! I mean I just got up I couldn't believe it I thought it was a dream," said Escarcega.
After the family proved Max was their, the now nearly 2-year-old dog was put on a plane and brought home.
Escarcega says Max seemed to immediately recognize them.
"He was really my son Nathan's dog and when he saw him he went running up to him," said Escarcega.
One big question though still remains, no one has been able to figure out exactly how Max got to New York.
"If only dog's could talk," laughed Escarcega.