When 19-year-old Jessica Klein lost her dog last May, she was devastated.
Her loving German Shepherd-Rottweiler mix named Zoey was hit by a car at just one-and-a-half years old in her hometown of Dallas, Texas.
“She came with me to college and everything. My entire family loved her. She would come to the lake with us, and she slept with me every single night,” Jessica Klein, Zoey’s 19-year-old owner, told Buzzfeed News. “Zoey was always there. She went through so much stuff with me.”
To ease the pain of Zoey’s loss, Klein’s mother gave her a new puppy a few months later.
Quite possibly, one of the most adorable dogs ever, Jessica named her Riley. “After Zoey died, I really appreciated having a dog more,” Klein said. “They don’t care how you look, or if you screwed up at work. When you walk through the door, your dog always comes at you with that same excitement. I definitely missed that.”
Months before Zoey passed, she lost her collar somewhere in the woods of the backyard. “I really never thought anything of it- she lost her collar, and that was that,” Jessica said.
But, on Christmas morning, Riley brought the most incredible surprise into the family’s home- Zoey’s collar.
While they’re not sure how she found it, Jessica said she got “chills everywhere” and immediately brought it inside to show her sister and parents.
She posted about it on Twitter, and people have gotten really emotional over it, calling it a sign from doggy heaven.
my dog lost her collar in the woods before she died this year, today my other dog runs up to me outside with it, what a christmas gift :’) pic.twitter.com/jPdqdlSfFB
— jk (@jessicklein) December 26, 2016
Riley finding Zoey’s collar was “a special gift,” especially on Christmas. “It meant a lot,” Jessica said. “It’s like she’s keeping Zoey alive and not letting her be forgotten.”
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[Featured Image Credit: Jessica Klein]