NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It was a surreal reunion. A woman in Queens thought her dog died after it ran away three years ago, but on Friday she got a phone call.

Someone had her dog and was willing to drive 600 miles to bring it back to her.

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CBS2’s Lisa Rozner was there Sunday for the heartwarming meeting.

Dawn Pennington, left, drove 600 miles to bring Chi-Chi to her rightful owner, Dedra Crawford, center, on April 29, 2018. (Photo: Lisa Rozner/CBS2)

She’s got big brown eyes and loves to give kisses. That’s why Flushing resident Dedra Crawford adopted the shepherd mix she named “Chi-Chi” in 2009, when she lived in South Carolina.

“She was so happy, so we said we gonna get her right there,” Crawford said.

But six years later — in 2015 — the dog ran away right before a catastrophic flood.

“I didn’t hear anything about her. I called shelters. I called sanitation people. I called everywhere,” Crawford said.

When asked by CBS2’s Rozner if she shed a lot of tears, Crawford said, “A lot of tears, yes.”

Crawford and her family moved back to Queens, but on Friday she got a phone call from South Carolina.

“I said, ‘I think we have your dog,'” said Dawn Pennington, an adoption coordinator at Kershaw County Humane Society.

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Pennington said a family brought the 10-year-old senior dog into the Humane Society in Kershaw County as a stray. Chi-Chi had a microchip behind her neck.

“So we were able to find her owner via the microchip company,” Pennington said.

Dawn sent Dedra a picture.

“I said, ‘You got Chi-Chi?!?’ And I was just going through a crisis and I forgot everything I was going through,” Crawford said.

And then Pennington offered to bring Chi-Chi on a 12-hour drive up north. On Sunday, they reunited at Kissena Park and only CBS2 was there.

“Oh my God. It feels like a blessing. I’m just so happy right now. And she’s back with us again and shes healthy looking,” Crawford said.

And this wasn’t the first time the chip helped Chi-Chi be reunited with her owner. There was one other time Crawford said Chi-Chi was found thanks to the chip, but this reunion she called a “miracle.”

So now?

“Take her for a walk, and just have fun with her. Just love her for all the years she missed,” Crawford said.

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And despite the time away, it looks like Chi-Chi is loving her right back.