ROVE, a 6-year old male golden retriever and his human family, who have been apart since January 23, have been reunited some 250 kilometres from home.
Originally lost from Barham, Rove was found at Bolwarrah, 15 kilometres from Ballan and reunited with his owners at the Moorabool Shire Council Pound.
Thanks to Rove's microchip, his owners Lauren and Lachy Mathers were easy to locate.
As fate has it, Lauren and her husband, with 3-year old son George, just happened to be in Melbourne when they got the call.
Rove and his mate Ralph, a Maremma sheep dog, both wandered off in Barham with Lauren searching high and low ever since, even taking to social media in a vain hope of finding their dogs.
In an emotional and tearful reunion at the council pound, Rove's tail never stopped wagging.
"If you find a dog, take it to the local pound or vet," Mrs Mathers said.
Rove was handed into the Ballan police station by a Bolwarrah resident where he was then taken to the vet to treat head and neck wounds and was put on medication.
It appeared that over the previous six weeks Rove had been attacked by another animal, suffering deep cuts to his head and throat.
Ralph was still missing when the Mathers collected Rove, but their second dog was located in the same area a fortnight later, about eight weeks after they disappeared.
Mrs Mathers believes that they were taken to the area by the same person and then they have escaped and been wandering before being found.
"It's been very stressful," she said.
Microchipping for dogs and cats is a State Government requirement, and dogs and cats over the age of three must be microchipped and registered.