While they missed Maggie terribly, it must have been even harder for the pup! No loving owners, comfy bed, warm home or regular food in her bowl. It’s not surprising that when they brought the dog in for this reunion, she was scared and withdrawn. She didn’t recognize anyone in the room and felt uncomfortable in her new surroundings.

Maggie hid behind one of the shelter’s employees, a woman she had just met and felt more comfortable with than anyone in the room! It was only after a couple of minutes (and tries!) that the mom was able to crack the ice with her dog. She waited a few moments and was able to extend her arm for the pup to smell and get reacquainted. Maggie warmed up immediately and the bond was rejoined! Everyone in the room got really emotional, and started to cry! Finally, Maggie is back where she belongs.

Click below to watch this heart-melting moment where the missing piece of the puzzle was found!