Just before deployment, soldier Eric Galvan experienced a devastating loss. His dog, Emma, who he’d raised since puppyhood, disappeared.

Though he kept up a search for her for months, he was never able to find Emma — and finally gave up hope.

That is, until he received a call this week from Montgomery County Animal Care and Control.

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Eric Galvan, waiting in anticipation. Image via Bonnie Boggs / Clarksville Now

According to News Channel 5, high school students driving in Clarksville, TN saw a dog alongside the road and brought her to the local Animal Care and Control.

Because Emma was microchipped, staff at the Animal Care and Control facility were able to scan her and immediately obtain Galvan’s contact information.

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Watch as Galvin waits to finally see Emma again: