Mike Nuanes' jaw dropped when a voice on the end of the phone call said, "We've got a dog here that's yours."
His girlfriend looked into the backyard, counted their four dogs, and told the woman from the Fulton County Animal Shelter in Atlanta that they weren't missing any of their pets and she must be mistaken.
"When she asked, 'Is his name Jordan?' That's when my jaw hit the ground," Nuanes said.
The last time Mike Nuanes had seen his shih tzu, Jordan was just a puppy. Nuanes and his late wife had walked to a nearby house to have breakfast with family.
When they returned, Jordan was gone.
That was nearly eight years ago. Nuanes doesn't know for sure what happened, but thinks someone snatched the dog from his backyard while he was gone.
"Being the optimist that I am, when they called me I thought, 'Well, I know he didn't walk to Atlanta, so somebody must have been taking care of him all these years," he said.
Jill Davis at Fulton County Animal Services in Atlanta says Jordan was brought to them the last week in October by a Good Samaritan who had found him as a stray.