Jamie Bandy told Storyful that Bruiser had gone missing on January 4 when he slipped his leash to chase after a rabbit and never came back. The Florida family searched frantically for him, posting to Facebook, putting out clothes with familiar scent near where he went missing and posting flyers with rewards. They were also in frequent contact with Polk County Animal Control. But there was not a sign of Bruiser anywhere. It was like their beloved Pit Bull had vanished.
But on March 4, Jaime received a call from Highlands County Animal Control, who said they had Bruiser in their care. The mom decided to arrange a special surprise for Tyler, which was captured on video.
Tyler comes home from school and casually walks into the kitchen only to recognize Bruiser is running towards him. The boy looks shocked and he falls to his knees to give his best friend a welcome home hug. Then the tears of happiness start.
And Bruiser’s reaction is equally heartwarming. The dog’s tail never stops wagging and he licks Tyler’s tears away! To say these two missed each other would be an understatement. You can watch the touching reunion in the video below: