Winnebago County Animal Services recently released footage of a man named Jose and his dog Chaos reuniting after being separated for two years ago under tragic circumstances. Like all videos of reunions between animals and their human buddies, it's a full-fledged tearjerker. The moment Chaos' sense of smell identifies Jose, the waterworks begin.
The emotional impact of the scene is only magnified once you know their backstory.
According to the video's description, Jose was going through some pretty rough times after a divorce led to him being homeless. He adopted Chaos as a young pup while living out of his car, and soon asked a friend to take care of the dog until he got his life together. Three months later, when Jose returned for Chaos, the friend refused to give the dog back. Jose was shattered.
Chaos helped me through so much in my life, I took him everywhere with me!
I didn’t think I would ever see my dog again.
Last month, a Winnebago Animal Services employee found Chaos in her driveway, and called the number associated with the ID number on his tag. Jose was luckily using the same contact information, and, quite serendipitously, had been sifting through old photos of Chaos after receiving an email about renewing the dog's microchip when he got the call.
I was speechless and I couldn’t stop smiling. I just couldn’t believe it.
I couldn’t get to the shelter fast enough. I couldn’t wait for it to open so I could see Chaos! I left at 8 am today and had an hour and a half drive, so I was very anxious!
I haven’t been happier! This has taken a huge weight off of my shoulders and has made my entire week! Thank you so much to all of [the Winnebago Animal Services] staff for all you do. I will always appreciate you!
It looks like Chaos' story ended...in perfect harmony. That one was too ripe to pass up, and corny sign-offs are definitely allowed for feel-good stories.