MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It was a happy reunion for a family and their dog they lost seven years ago.

Pedro Feliciano said their beagle Max took off in the rain when the dog was just one year old.  He says the family searched the entire neighborhood, but never found him.  So he was very surprised when Miami-Dade Animal Services called and said they had Max.

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It was a microchip that had been implanted in Max that allowed them to be reunited again.  Apparently another family had been taking care of Max but recently turned him into the shelter.

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Pedro said that Max recognized him right away.  And they can’t wait to spend time with him.

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Animal Services says it’s important that pet owners keep their address and phone number updated, so in case your dog with a microchip is found, you can be easily tracked down.  They also recommend owners use a collar and tag in addition to the microchip.