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Greeted with salami and nuzzles of affection, Thames, a New Zealand police dog, was reunited with his handler this past Sunday afternoon after being lost along a trail in the Tararura Ranges for seven nights. The New Zealand Police posted a short video of the reunion, where Thames can be seen covering Constable Mike Wakefield head-to-toe in gratitude saliva

After a week-long pursuit of the K-9 officer, during which Wakefield was relentless in mobilizing his search-and-rescue workers, the team spotted Thames taking shelter in a bush. The excitement of being found seemed to overwhelm the dog, as tired as he was. Wakefield says he “whistled and called [Thames] but he ran off as if to say 'come this way' before running back and giving me a big lick."